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3 colonels investigated by military police

Three colonels from same directorate likely to be dismissed over separate incidents; two suspected of falsely reporting hotel lodgings, one allegedly harassed subordinate officer

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Published: 02.19.13, 11:21 / Israel News

Three colonels in the IDF's Technology and Logistics Directorate have become entangled in two separate embarrassing affairs.

 

Two of the officers are suspected of false hotel registration and another officer is under investigation for harassing a subordinate officer.

 

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It appears that all three men's services will be terminated, Yedioth Aharonoth's correspondent Yossi Yehoshua reported.

 

Two of the officers have been under a Military Police investigation for months, following suspicions of discrepancies in hotel lodgings provided to officers who serve in central Israel but live in the country's northern or southern regions.

 

IDF protocol allows officers to stay at a hotel only if he is accompanied by another officer of the same rank who also requires accommodation.

 

But according to suspicions, in certain cases the two officers slept alone and falsely reported they were sharing the room.

 

Moreover, the officers also allegedly used the hotel room to spend a weekend with their families.

 

The third officer was implicated in an affair of a different nature. The Chief of Staff's office recieved a complaint that the colonel sent a subordinate officer harassing messages late at night.

 

The officer herself did not complain, but her commander reported the incident and the colonel was summoned for an inquiry by Directorate Chief Major General Kobi Barak, whose predecessor had been dismissed for having several affairs with subordinates.

 

The coincidence forms a precedent in which three officers of the same directorate are implicated in serious affairs with their careers now in jeopardy.

 

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in response: "The directorate chief ordered an investigation as soon as the affair was exposed. 

 

"The Chief of Staff is being kept informed and decisions on further steps will be made after an inquiry is concluded.

 

"The incident (involving the harassment) should not be linked with the affair of the officers who stayed in hotels against protocol. These are serious matters which violate the IDF spirit and will be handled with due severity."

 

 

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