For the murder of a fellow soldier on an army installation close to Jerusalem earlier this year, an IDF soldier was found guilty on Monday of reckless homicide.
As part of a plea agreement, he will be given a three-year prison term. The Military Police man allegedly went into a room on the night of January 2, took a gun that wasn’t his, and “carried out different operations” that led to a bullet firing from the rifle and murdering Cpl. Baruch Kabarta a”h, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
After reportedly attempting to stop another soldier in the room from discussing the shooting, the soldier was also charged with obstructing justice.
According to the IDF, the accused soldier admitted guilt, and both parties asked for a three-year prison term for him.
The soldier was additionally required to compensate Cpl. Kabarta’s family, which was already done.
According to the IDF, the punishment was “more severe” than in situations of unintentional misfire deaths and “reflects the severity in which it views the case and is intended to prevent future disasters of this kind.” Prosecutors also told the military court that the sentence was “more severe” than in cases of accidental misfire deaths.
Between January 2 and 3, Cpl. Kabarta was fatally injured at the Anatot Base at about midnight. Cpl. Kabarta, a 19-year-old from Petah Tikvah, was a member of the Erez Battalion of the Military Police.
In his hometown, he was laid to rest in a military cemetery. A commission of inquiry was established to look into the incident, and they discovered a number of mistakes made by the unit and its commanders.