Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter a year ago for shooting dead a disarmed Palestinian terrorist in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron in 2016, is set for early release after his prison sentence was by reduced by a third.
In November, President Reuven Rivlin rejected Azaria's request to commute his 14-month jail sentence for manslaughter altogether, making the current early release a limited success for Azaria. Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter for shooting and killing a neutralized Palestinian terrorist in Hebron, will be released on May 10 after serving nine months of a 14-month sentence. During the hearing, the prosecution argued against Azaria's release. However, Pinhas added that Azaria has shown no remorse for his murder of Palestinian Abdel Al-Fattah Al-Sharif, nor has he taken responsibility for his action, which she stressed was premeditated.
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"In addition, in September 2017, the chief of staff saw fit to further ease your sentence and reduce the punishment by four months from the prison sentence. for reasons of compassion and while taking into consideration your military service as a soldier". A video of the shooting prompted widespread worldwide condemnation, with Al-Sharif shown lying injured and incapacitated on the ground prior to being killed.
Some 11 minutes after the initial shooting, Azaria, a sergeant and military medic at the time of the incident, shot him in the head without any apparent provocation. Azaria claimed he shot al-Sharif because he feared he was wearing a suicide belt and had moved to detonate it.
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