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Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman sent a letter to President Reuven Rivlin today asking for the pardon of Elor Azaria. Azaria, a former IDF combat medic, was jailed for killing an incapacitated terrorist near Hebron.
Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter by a military court in January for killing Palestinian attacker Abdel Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron on March 24, 2016. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, 12 months’ suspended sentence after serving that term and demoted to private in February.
Liberman said in his letter that the time has come to "put an end to the affair that shook Israeli society and to act at this time with the kindness and mercy to the soldier."
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