Azariya seeks to delay beginning of jail term

Soldier Elor Azariya seeks to delay jail term until Chief of Staff decides on request for leniency.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Elor Azariya, the soldier convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison for shooting a wounded terrorist in Hevron, whose appeal was rejected last week in the military court of appeals, is seeking to delay the beginning of his prison term.

Azariya, who submitted to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot a request for leniency in his sentence and to be able to satisfy the rest of his penalty through community service, is now seeking from the military court of appeals to delay his entry into prison until the Chief of Staff makes a decision on the matter.

As he is supposed to enter prison this Wednesday, Azariya submitted a request today, Sunday, declaring his commitment not appeal the decision of the military appeals court.

The request cited the statement of the Chief of Staff, according to which “If Azariya should so choose to submit a request for leniency, it will be seriously considered, while taking into account all considerations in the matter, and out of my exclusive obligation to the values of the IDF, its soldiers, and servants.”