Jerusalem District Police Commander Niso Shaham
has been placed on leave following an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against him.
Shaham is also suspected of allegedly imposing sexual intercourse on female subordinates.
The investigation was under a gag order, which the court lifted at noon on Thursday.
Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino,
who ordered Shaham be placed on leave, convened the Jerusalem Police brass for a special briefing on Thursday afternoon, following the news of Shaham's involvement in the case.
"I have full confidence in the officers of the Jerusalem District Police, who faithfully and tirelessly perform their duties," he said after the meeting.
Jerusalem Periphery Police Commander Nissim Edri has also been questioned in the case and placed on leave.
IAB believes that Edri, who was questioned under caution, was aware of Shaham's misconduct, but failed to report it or address it according to police protocol.
Attorney Zion Amir, who represents Edri, said that his client was not involved in a cover-up: "One of the complainants told him of the events in confidence. His behavior was beyond reproach. He is cooperating with the investigation and has asked to be placed on leave to better facilitate it. "
Justice Ministry officials told Ynet that both officers have been cooperating with the investigation and that both asked to be place on leave pending a decision in their matter.
The investigation was reportedly launched after a third officer – disgruntled over a denied a promotion – reported Shaham to IAB.
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch
has been briefed on the case.
Jerusalem District Police Deputy Commander Manny Yitzhaki has been named as Shaham's replacement.
An official police statement said: "The commissioner, after being briefed on the IAB investigation, decided to grant commanders Shaham and Edri's requests for leave.
"The decision to immediately appoint Commander Manny Yitzhaki temporary chief of the Jerusalem Police was made by the commissioner and Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch; and will be in effect pending the investigation's conclusion."
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