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Azaria in court
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Judges panel selected for Azaria appeal hearings
Military Appeals Court Chief Justice Maj. Gen. Doron Piles to lead judges panel, which will also include National Labor Court Chief Justice Yigal Plitman and Jerusalem District Court Judge Zvi Segal, as well as two senior IDF officers.
The Chief Justice of the Military Appeals Court, Maj. Gen. Doron Piles, will lead the judges panel that will hear the two appeals in the Azaria case—the soldier's appeal's against his manslaughter conviction and the military prosecution's appeal of the lenient sentence given to Azaria.

 

 

Two non-military judges will also sit on the panel: Judge Yigal Plitman, who serves as the chief justice of the national labor court, and Judge Zvi Segal of the Jerusalem District Court.

 

Two IDF officers who are not jurists will complete the panel: Maj. Gen. (res.) Eyal Eizenberg, who served in his last role as the GOC Home Front Command, and Brig. Gen. Avi Peled, the former commander of the Golani Brigade.

 

Azaria with his parents in court (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Azaria with his parents in court (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

Elor Azaria was convicted in January of the manslaughter of a neutralized terrorist who had carried out a stabbing attack in Hebron just moments earlier in March 2016.

 

The court’s decision to sentence him to 18 months in prison was met by a significant public outcry to pardon him, most notably from several senior political figures, leading Azaria to appeal.

 

The Military Advocate General also filed an appeal against the leniency of the sentence.

 

(Translated and edited by Yaara Shalom)

 

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