Is­raeli soldier on trial

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An Is­raeli soldier has gone on trial for man­slaugh­ter be­fore a mil­i­tary court af­ter he was caught on video fa­tally shoot­ing a wounded Pales­tinian at­tacker in the West Bank two months ago. The rare case of an ac­tive ser­vice­man be­ing charged has po­larised Is­rael, with de­fence of­fi­cials crit­i­cis­ing the soldier’s con­duct and seg­ments of the pub­lic ral­ly­ing be­hind him. The hear­ings opened yes­ter­day be­fore the mil­i­tary court in Tel Aviv, where Sgt Elor Azaria sat in the de­fen­dant’s bench. In its in­dict­ment, read aloud in the court­room, the mil­i­tary pros­e­cu­tion said Azaria “acted in con­trast to the rules of open­ing fire and with­out any op­er­a­tional jus­ti­fi­ca­tion”. It said the Pales­tinian, Ab­delFat­tah Al Sharif, “did not present a clear and present threat” and that “the de­fen­dant caused the death of the ter­ror­ist Al Sharif il­le­gally”.

IN THE DOCK: Is­raeli soldier Sgt Elor Azaria awaits his trial

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