On Monday morning, an IDF court ordered Elor Azaria be released to full house arrest at his family’s home in Ramle. This marks the first time he will leave army custody since his arrest in March 2016. He was immediately released from his base holding cell to house arrest, until the appeal of his case is ended.
Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier also commonly referred to as “The Hebron shooter” who was convicted of shooting and killing an injured terrorist who stabbed another soldier on March 24, 2016.
Azaria was convicted of manslaughter by an IDF military court in January. The terrorist had only minutes before, stabbed two Israeli soldiers in Hebron and was immediately shot by other soldiers in the area. Azaria got there shortly after the attack and shot him again, while he was already incapacitated, but was still moving. Azaria claimed he was afraid he could still be a danger or may have had a bomb attached. His lawyer argued that terrorists have often risen from injuries that appear to be mortal, only to shoot or stab again.
Under home arrest, Azaria has to remain at home except for trips to a synagogue. He must at all times be accompanied by a family member.
A iDF military court is expected to rule on his conviction and sentence at the end of July.