Monday, August 15, 2016

New president of the Military Court of Appeal in Israel

Major General Doron Piles has been installed as president of the Military Court of Appeal in Israel. This report describes the ceremony, left, and some unfortunate comments by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman:
During the ceremony, Liberman made an apparent reference to the case [of Sgt. Elor Azaria], telling Piles and three lower-ranking military judges at the ceremony they had to base their decisions not on “experts” but on “justice.” 
“I know it’s not easy, but sometimes — even when there’s background noise from outside and the interpretations of this or that expert — you need to know to ignore that and rule in accordance with justice,” Liberman said.
Minister Liberman's gratuitous comments will certainly become an issue down the road.

Maj. Gen. Shai Yaniv
Best wishes to the court's outgoing president, Major General Shai Yaniv, who has been named to the Tel Aviv District Court.

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