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Suspect in 'Galant affair' links himself to forgery

Despite Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Boaz Harpaz's admission, police investigators believe document aimed at influencing IDF chief of staff race worded by several people

Eli Senyor
Published: 08.27.10, 09:09 / Israel News

A reserve officer arrested on suspicion of forging a document aimed at influencing the race for the role of Israel Defense Forces chief of staff has linked himself to the incident, but police believe he had accomplices.


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Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Boaz Harpaz, has changed his version several times since being arrested by the National Unit for the Investigation of International Crimes. At first, he denied any connection to the forgery. He admitted that he had received the "Galant document," but said had no recollection of the person who gave it to him.


On Thursday, Harpaz's investigators presented him with evidence supporting the claim that he had forged the document. At a certain stage he linked himself to the incident, but the investigators believe he did not forge it on his own.


According to the police's estimate, the document was forged by a number of people and Harpaz is defending them and refusing to disclose their names. The investigators are relying on the fact that before his arrest, he allegedly tried to disrupt the investigation by influencing witnesses he knew had been summoned by the police.


Harpaz was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport earlier this week after returning from a trip abroad. His remand has been extended until Sunday. He is suspected of forging the document and delivering it to the officer of IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.



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