Military Tribunal Extends Partial Custody for Soldier Suspected in Deadly Hebron Shooting

IDF soldier will remain in 'open' detention at his military base through April 14 as investigation goes on in suspected manslaughter case.

The soldier suspected of murder in a military court, March 29, 2016.
Ilan Assayag

The Israeli soldier suspected of manslaughter in the shooting of an already wounded Palestinian assailant in Hebron as he lay on the ground, will remain in 'open' custody at his base for another week, military officials said on Thursday.

The decision was approved by Lieutenant Colonel Ronen Shor, the judge at the military tribunal in Jaffa, after prosecutors and the defense agreed to the terms.

Lt. Col. Aduram Riegler, the IDF's attorney for operational affairs, said the reason for the extended detention is to allow for time to complete the investigation.

AFP

Reservist General Guy Hazut, commander of the Kfir Brigade, visited the soldier at his base on Wednesday and told him he still considered himself his commander despite having expelled him from combat service after the shooting, Ilan Katz, the soldier's attorney, said.

In the March 24 incident, the soldier, whose name is barred from publication, shot to death Palestinian man Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, 21, as he lay on the ground wounded in Hebron's Tel Rumeida section, a Jewish enclave in the largely Palestinian populated city.

Sharif was one of two Palestinians who attacked the troops, wounding one of them. The other assailant was shot and killed at the scene, while Sharif was wounded before the soldier in custody shot him at point blank range in the head, killing him.