Key testimony supports hero IDF soldier who shot terrorist in the head..and wast later arrested for murder
By Reut Hadar
New testimony has been received in the case of the soldier who two weeks ago shot dead a wounded Arab terrorist in Hevron, minutes after the terrorist and an accomplice stabbed and wounded a soldier.
The soldier’s commander, who is the Kfir Battalion Commander, gave testimony strengthening the soldier’s version of events in an investigation by the army’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID), reports Maariv on Friday morning.
In his defense, the soldier, who is on trial on manslaughter charges, has argued that he shot the terrorist over concerns that he was moving to detonate a hidden bomb belt thought to be under his unseasonably warm coat.
The Kfir Commander in his testimony said that if he faced a similar situation in which he was afraid a live terrorist was about to detonate a bomb belt, he would shoot the terrorist too.
Another important revelation came in the investigation from the soldier’s comrade who was on the scene, identified as Corporal Tomer, who said the soldier told him the terrorist “needed to die.”
Under investigation, Tomer acknowledged that “the terrorist looked suspicious, because he was wearing
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