High Court endorses keeping ex-IDF soldier jailed for trial on M-16 theft
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the next government, May 3, 2020
(photo credit: COURTESY HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE)
It is rare that IDF soldiers are held in detention for the full duration of their trials, which can run several months or much longer, and especially rare in cases of theft.
Supreme Court Justice Daphne Barak-Erez on Wednesday approved an unusual lower court decision to keep a former IDF soldier in detention until his full trial concludes on charges for stealing weapons.
Usually, holding soldiers in detention is limited to cases of violent crimes, where there is some kind of strong suspicion that the offender may try to flee the country.
When Hebron shooter Elor Azaria was kept in detention for shooting and killing a Palestinian, even that was considered highly controversial and eventually he was allowed to roam freely on his army base, though he could not leave the base itself.
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