“Hebron shooter” Elor Azaria was temporarily released to full house arrest on Thursday, the first time he left army custody since his arrest on March 24, 2016.
Azaria left the IDF’s Nahshonim Base and returned to his family’s house in Ramle, where he was greeted with supportive banners and balloons.
The development does not mean that Azaria is free from his 18-month prison sentence, which is still pending a decision by the IDF Military Court of Appeals.
Rather, his three-year army service ended on Thursday, and the IDF prosecution had already agreed that he can move from open army base arrest to house arrest from Thursday to July 30, when his appeal is due to be decided.
Although Azaria’s defense lawyer, Yoram Sheftel, wanted Azaria released to half house arrest, so that he could leave the house during daylight hours, an IDF court on Monday ordered full house arrest, with an exception for allowing him to attend prayer services on the Sabbath with his parents.