Photo: Yaron Brener
The complainant - felt she was being watched
Photo: Yaron Brener
Dror Yaar (right) and Asher Weitzman
Photo: Shaul Golan

'Ramon complainant was under PI surveillance'

Police say they have sufficient evidence to indict private investigations firm for conducting surveillance on woman vice premier was convicted of forcibly kissing. No criminal evidence found against Ramon's brother-in-law

Police officials said on Sunday evening that they had obtained criminal evidence against private investigators from the Weitzman-Ya’ar firm proving they harassed and invaded the privacy of the woman who Vice Premier Haim Ramon was convicted of forcibly kissing.


The investigation yielded numerous documents and physical evidence proving the offenses were committed, said the police. Tel Aviv district attorneys are currently reviewing the findings.


Police initially suspected the surveillance was ordered by Ramon's former brother-in-law, Ephraim Konda, but on Sunday investigators said Konda was cleared of any wrongdoing.


Three weeks ago the Police National Fraud Unit raided the Weitzman-Ya’ar offices in Tel Aviv to search for evidence of an ongoing operation focusing on the complainant.


The private detective leading the case reportedly introduced herself to the complainant using an alias and attempted to befriend her, all while trying to extract information regarding the Ramon affair.


Asher Weitzman, one of the firm's founders, said that all surveillance conducted against the complainant was in accordance with the law.


"Everything was done legally, no laws were broken. Our office has operated in this manner for the past 30 years. We didn't harass, we didn't break any law and that can be proven easily," he said.


The complainant herself had sensed she was being followed and alerted the team that had investigated the Ramon affair. An inquiry was launched and officers suggested she file a formal complaint with the police as well as consult the State prosecution on how best to proceed.


פרסום ראשון: 07.29.07, 20:27
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