State tries hard to save Israeli soldier who slew Palestinian

Updated 02 April 2016

State tries hard to save Israeli soldier who slew Palestinian

JERUSALEM: An Israeli soldier caught on video shooting and killing a wounded Palestinian assailant will be kept under arrest at his base until his next court appearance, a military court ruled Friday.
A new hearing of a military appeals court is scheduled for Tuesday, the army said in a statement. The decision to place the soldier under arrest at his base is seen as less serious than holding him in a military prison. It follows a favorable ruling on Thursday, when military prosecutors announced that the 19-year-old soldier would be investigated for manslaughter, rather than murder.
Under Israeli law, manslaughter signifies an intentional but not premeditated killing.
Video of the soldier, whose identity is under a gag order, shooting the Palestinian in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron on March 24 spread widely online.
Filmed by a Palestinian volunteer for Israeli rights group B’Tselem, it showed 21-year-old Abdul Fatah Al-Sharif lying on the ground, apparently after being shot.
The soldier then shoots Sharif in the head without any provocation. Israel’s supreme court on Thursday ruled the family of the slain Palestinian would be allowed to have a pathologist of their choosing present at his autopsy, which is expected in the coming days.
Top military and government officials have strongly condemned the soldier’s behavior, but far-right politicians and protesters have reacted angrily to his arrest and demanded his release.


Suicide attack kills 12, injures 20 in central Baghdad market

Updated 22 min 39 sec ago

Suicide attack kills 12, injures 20 in central Baghdad market

  • Police sources said death toll from the attack inside a crowded market in Baghdad’s Tayaran square could rise

BAGHDAD: A suicide attacker using an explosive vest killed 12 people and injured 20 in central Baghdad market, police and medical sources said on Thursday.
Police sources said death toll from the attack inside a crowded market in Baghdad’s Tayaran square could rise as some wounded were in a critical condition.