Elor Azariya to enter prison tomorrow

Court rejects request to delay prison term in light of appeal to IDF Chief of Staff for leniency.

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Sgt. Elor Azariya
Sgt. Elor Azariya

The military appeals court rejected Tuesday the appeal of former IDF Sgt. Elor Azariya to delay the beginning of his prison term. Azariya will enter prison tomorrow begin serving his 18 month sentence.

Azariya, convicted of manslaughter for shooting a wounded terrorist following a stabbing attack last year, sought to delay his prison term following his appeal to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot for leniency in his sentence.

Azariya's lawyer, Yoram Sheftel, said that Azariya could not appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction despite the fact that the deadline to submit an appeal to the Supreme Court has not yet passed.

"The verdict is final. As soon as the Appellant files a written request, the judgment is final. There is no concept that after my client sent a letter and told all the people of Israel in a video that he will not appeal, he should eventually submit an appeal," Sheftel said.

The President of the Military Court, Judge Doron Piles, turned to Sheftel and wondered how his argument was consistent with the language of the law.

Sheftel added that Chief of Staff Eizenkot's statement that he would seriously consider easing Azariya's punishment constituted a kind of invitation to Azariya to exhaust the process of the request for relief, noting the Chief of Staff has 21 days until he has to make his decision.