Elor Azaria Likely to Be Temporarily Released to House Arrest

Elor Azaria
Sgt. Elor Azaria at the courtroom of the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv in January. (Flash90)

IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier convicted of manslaughter for the shooting death of a wounded Arab terrorist a year ago, is expected to be released tomorrow to his parents’ home under house arrest for the first time since he was detained, until his appeals are sorted out, Israeli media reported Sunday.

Following his sentencing in January to 18 months’ imprisonment, the defense appealed, requesting that the conviction be overturned, while the prosecution counter-appealed in request of a harsher sentence.

Azaria had been kept in detention in low-security conditions on a military base, where he was allowed frequent visits and short furloughs. However, he is expected to be discharged from the IDF on Thursday as his three years of mandatory service come to an end, necessitating that new arrangements be made for the remaining time until the appeals are settled. It is currently assumed that the prosecution will acquiesce to his being sent home for house arrest for the time being.