Lt.-Col. charged in Nil'in shooting cries at sentencing

January 19, 2011 17:14

Lt.-Col. Omri Burberg broke out in tears on Wednesday during his sentencing hearing at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv.

The special military court convicted Burberg and his soldier, Staff Sgt. (res.) Leonardo Corea in July for unsuitable, threatening behavior towards a Palestinian.The incident happened nearly two years ago in Nil'in when the soldier fired a rubber bullet at the feet of a bound Palestinian and his commander looked on as it happened.

Burberg, former commander of Battalion 71 in the Armed Coprs was convicted for attempted threats and Corea for illegally using a weapon. Both were convicted for inappropriate behavior.

Burberg told the judges on Wednesday that he regrets the incident and takes full responsibility for the shooting.

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