Sunday, May 28, 2017

A hot bench in Tel Aviv

Yoav Zitun, writing in Ynet, has an excellent from-the-courtroom account of the latest appellate hearing in the case of IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria. Excerpt:
A military judge on Sunday questioned why IDF soldier Elor Azaria, who was found guilty of manslaughter after shooting dead a neutralized terrorist, was appealing his conviction and 18-month sentence, calling on both Azaria and the military prosecution to withdraw their appeals.

Azaria's lawyer, Yoram Sheftel, was quick to accept the proposal and offered a two-week mediation process instead, but prosecutor Lt. Col. (res.) Nadav Weisman refused and insisted the court rules on the case. 
Despite this, the judges called on the two sides to consider the request and asked the prosecution to raise the issue with the Military Advocate General. The court gave the two sides a week to reach a decision.
Sgt. Azaria's previous defense counsel withdrew because of disagreements over strategy.

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