Defense Minister Ehud Barak has testified before the comptroller and provided his final version on the matter, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi was summoned last week for another testimony, following information received by the State Comptroller's Office in recent months based on testimonies collected from sources in the defense minister and IDF chief's offices.
Harpaz after being released from custody (Photo: Ohad Zwigneberg)
The affair focuses on a document allegedly forged by Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Boaz Harpaz in a bid to build a positive profile for Major-General Yoav Galant, who was competing for the role of IDF chief, and a negative profile for current Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.
In recent weeks, the State Comptroller's Office obtained surprising documents and recordings of conversations between officers and workers at the defense minister and chief of staff's offices.
Harpaz has testified five times and given his version of the affair, but the testimonies did not concern the forgery. It has recently become known that an officer considered close to Harpaz left office after being responsible for extremely sensitive information during his military service.
According to estimates, the comptroller will not let any of the sides off the hook, but surprises may be in store in regards to the division of responsibility and the severity of the findings collected so far.
The comptroller has heard quite a few testimonies which contradicted each other, causing confusion in the defense establishment.
About two weeks ago, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided to allow Harpaz to leave the country for a short period.
The state comptroller's report is expected to reveal serious flaws in Israel's top defense echelon in terms of appointments and personal relations defined as "embarrassing".