Yisrael Beytenu chairman, MK Avigdor Liberman, on Tuesday evening welcomed the military court’s decision to deny the prosecution's request regarding the remand of the IDF soldier who shot a seemingly neutralized terrorist dead in Hevron.
"The rejection of the military court of the prosecution's appeal for the third time demonstrates that there are judges in the IDF and that all the attempts of various factors, including the defense minister, media and leftist organizations, to intimidate the judge and determine the outcome of the trial in advance – have failed," Liberman said.
"I hope," he continued, "that the soldier at the end of the procedure will be exonerated and it will be clear to everyone that it is the right of every Jew, especially a soldier, to defend himself against a terrorist who is coming to kill him."
The court ruled in its decision that the soldier will not return to the full terms of his arrest, but rather will remain under open "house arrest" on his army base.
The military prosecution had appealed for the soldier to be returned to full prison conditions, in light of evidence on the case.
The soldier has argued he shot the terrorist – who minutes earlier together with an accomplice stabbed and wounded a soldier – over concerns he was moving to detonate a bomb belt that was thought to be hidden under his unseasonably thick coat.
That version of events was also vindicated by a Magen David Adom investigative committee.