IDF soldier who shot a neutralized Palestinian terrorist in Hebron being led into court, March 29, 2016.
(photo credit: NOAM AMIR)
The IDF Prosecution on Thursday confirmed its past statements to the Yafo Military Court in a pre-indictment declaration that it would indict the Hebron soldier who shot a Palestinian terrorist on March 24, after he was already wounded and lying motionless on the ground, for manslaughter.
With the declaration in hand and a commitment by the prosecution that the indictment would be filed Monday, Lt. Col. Judge Ronen Shor extended the open detention on an army base of the soldier until Monday over the defense lawyers' objections.
Despite losing a major battle last week before the IDF Appeals Court to try to keep the soldier in full detention (versus his current open base detention) and hints from the court that it should reduce the charge to negligent homicide, the prosecution moved forward as originally planned.
The incident was picked up on a video distributed by B'Tselem, went viral online and has dominated the airwaves with a war of words over the soldier's guilt or innocence pitting Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, who condemned the soldier, against various politicians on the Right, who say they rushed to judgment.
The prosecutor also reported to the court that additional checks had confirmed the original autopsy conclusion that the soldier's bullet, and not earlier fired shots, was the sole killing shot, and that the distributed video was authentic and not tampered with.