UN execution expert condemns IDF soldier who shot terrorist

A United Nations specialist has expressed his condemnation for the IDF soldier who shot a neutralized terrorist last week, Reuters reports.

Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, declared that the video clip of the shooting shows it to be an extrajudicial execution.

"The images shown carry all the signs of a clear case of an extrajudicial execution," he said. "Whatever legal regime one applies to the case, shooting someone who is no longer a threat is murder."

Heyns is a professor of human rights law from South Africa. Last November he also accused Israel of "excessive use of force" against Palestinian terrorists.

He has held the position of UN special rapporteur since 2010, though he has not yet come to Israel to examine any accusations of crimes. He has also not commented on the relatively common incidents of Hamas executing Gazans for the crimes of "collaboration" or homosexuality.

In fact, the closest he or his office have come to criticizing Palestinian violence was that "A joint statement was issued by all special procedures mandate holders on 23 November 2012 (during Operation Pillar of Defense) to express their dismay at the effect that the escalation of violence had on civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210120

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