Verdict Upheld: Occupation Soldier Convicted of Murdering Wounded Palestinian Loses Appeal

تم نشره في Sun 30 July / Jul 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Elor Azaria during trial which found him guilty of manslaughter over the shooting of martyr Abdul Fatah Sharif, 21, in Hebron, West Bank - (Sky News)

CAPITALS —AlGhad— An Israeli military court has rejected the appeal of a soldier who sentenced to 18 months in prison for killing a wounded Palestinian, who allegedly stabbed an Israeli occupation soldier in Hebron, West Bank, back in March, last year.

Next to rejecting his appeal, the court decided the Israeli murderer’s 18-month sentence should stand, saying that his version of events had been unreliable, Palestinian news agency Maan said.

Elor Azaria was found guilty in January of manslaughter over the shooting of martyr Abdul Fatah Sharif, 21.

Azaria had told a colleague that Sharif, "deserved to die", according to the BBC.

Meanwhile, Israeli military chiefs condemned his actions, but others praised them.

The sergeant and military medic had appealed against the verdict, while the prosecution demanded an increased sentence.

His "original reason" for killing Sharif was revenge, Times of Israel reported, quoting the judges.

Azaria had said he acted out of fear that Sharif might have been wearing an explosive vest.

However, "Azaria's crime was not motivated by fear” of the Abdul Fattah’s future action, the judges said.

From demonstrations against Azaria (shown here alongside an image of Abdul Fatah Sharif) have taken place - (Getty Images)

The case has fuelled debate in Israel over when and how soldiers are entitled to use lethal force against attackers.