Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani said on statement PNN received by email :”We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man who clearly posed no imminent threat.
While the prosecution and conviction are very welcome steps towards accountability, the punishment – which is excessively lenient – is difficult to reconcile with the intentional killing of an unarmed and prone individual.
It also stands in contrast to the sentences handed down by other Israeli courts for other less serious offences, notably the sentencing of Palestinian children to more than three years’ imprisonment for throwing stones at cars. This case risks undermining confidence in the justice system and reinforcing the culture of impunity.” Shamdasani said.
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