Court Rules Accused Soldier Can Be Released

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Israeli Military Court turned down the IDF attorneys’ request for a seven-day extension on the prison custody of the soldier accused of shooting a neutralized Palestinian terrorist, ruling that he be sent to an open military base instead.

The judge did agree, however, to delay the release until Friday noon to enable the prosecution to prepare an appeal to the decision. The ruling was issued on Thursday night at the end of the day’s hearings.

If the appeal is rejected, the soldier will remain on the military base until April 7.

Also on Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke by phone with the father of the IDF soldier at the family’s request, and reassured him that his son’s trial would be fair and professional.&

“I heard the things you said and as a father of a soldier I understand the distress that you are in,” Netanyahu said in the call.