Plea Bargain Reached in IDF Prisoner Abuse Case

YERUSHALAYIM -

Lawyers for one of the five soldiers accused of abusing a Palestinian prisoner have reached a plea bargain with IDF prosecutors, according to media reports on Sunday.

The soldier will serve six and a half months in prison and be demoted in rank for beating two Palestinians while they were handcuffed and blindfolded.

Negotiations over legal proceedings against the other four soldiers are ongoing, and they might still go to trial.

The five soldiers were indicted for aggravated assault and aggravated abuse. Two of them were also charged with obstruction of justice for attempting to coordinate their statements prior to questioning by the authorities.

The soldiers were part of the Netzah Yehuda Battalion when the incident took place on January 8.