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Professor Yehuda Hiss, former head of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine, gave over his testimony today (Thursday), regarding the case of Elor Azariya.

Hiss testified on behalf of the defense, explaining that the terrorist on the site of the terror attack on Hevron did not die from Azariya's shot. "I don't know when the terrorist died. I know that when the bullet hit him, he was [already on his way to being] dead. There were no head injuries [sustained] that could have caused his death," he said.

Professor Hiss dealt with the other opinions as well, explaining that, "It cannot be that a bullet which goes through a person's brain, does not leave any bleeding, or anything else reliable."

In his testimony, Hiss claimed that the autopsy done on the terrorist was not professional, and did not take the proper samples necessary to allow additional checks in the future.

As you may recall, the written report which Professor Hiss sent the army court, stated explicitly that the death of the terrorist whom Azariya shot, was caused by, "A severe respiratory failure combined with an air embolism to the heart and brain, as a result of injury to the right lung," and was, therefore, not caused by Azariya's bullet.

In his full written report, Hiss wrote, among other things, that, "On the basis of the facts derived from the autopsy, and taking into consideration the conclusions of Professor Dov Shimon, it can reasonably be assumed that the death of this man was caused by a severe respiratory failure, combined with an air embolism to the heart and brain, and caused by injuries to the right lung from two bullets. The injury caused by the bullet to his head, it is almost certain, happened after his death."

Even if Hiss' testimony is accepted by the panel of judges, it can only influence the indictment, and does not necessary vindicate Azariya entirely. This is because what is being judged is, in essence, the very fact that Azariya shot a bullet.

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