Israeli soldier on trial
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