Court gavel justice judge legal law 311.
(photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
The State Attorney’s Office revealed on Wednesday it had filed a petition to the
High Court of Justice against the recent ruling by a military judicial panel to
take 18 months off Pvt. Ataf Zahar’s six-year rape sentence.
was convicted in the Military Appeals Court in Tel Aviv’s Kirya military
headquarters in 2006 of raping and sexually assaulting a junior female
In addition to his prison term, Zahar was ordered to pay NIS
35,000 in compensation and was reduced to the rank of private from
In 2007, the Supreme Court had rejected an appeal by Zahar
against his conviction.
The petition, filed by state prosecutor Hila
Gorni, argues that the ruling, which leaves Zahar serving a four-year term, is
The term should reflect the serious injury to the army’s
confidence in its commanding officers, the petition said.
prosecution also alleges that the panel’s decision to mitigate Zahar’s sentence
contains many flaws, including regarding Zahar’s chances of
The High Court is set to debate the matter next Monday.