Prosecuters demand Azariya begin prison sentence immediately

Army prosecutors urge court to reject Azariya's request to delay his entry to prison. Former IDF Sgt. scheduled to enter prison Wednesday.

Uzi Baruch, Tzvi Lev,

Elor Azariya in court
Elor Azariya in court

IDF prosecutors urged the military court to reject Elor Azariya's request to delay the start of the 18-month prison sentence imposed on him.

According to the recent decision by the Military Court of Appeals, Azariya is expected to begin serving his sentence on Wednesday, barring a court ruling to grant Azariya's request. Azariya's lawyers asked the court Sunday to delay his entry into military prison until IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot decides whether to act on his request for a lightened sentence.

"We request that the Court to hold a hearing in front of him, with all the parties present, to appeal it and postpone the start of the prison sentence imposed on Azariya until the Chief of Staff reaches a decision," read the missive.

"Part of Azariya's plea is the request that his prison sentence be changed to community service, and if answered, he would not have to enter prison at all."

Eizenkot had earlier stated that if he received a request for leniency from Azariya's lawyers he would seriously consider it.

"The legal proceedings in the military court have ended. If Sgt. (res) Azariya chooses to submit a request for leniency in his sentence, it will be considered seriously, while examining all the relevant considerations and out of my sole obligation to the IDF's values and soldiers." said the IDF chief in a statement.