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Senior officer suspected of beating girlfriend

Military Police to confiscate weapon of IDF officer holding rank of colonel after he allegedly assaults his partner during argument; suspect removed from girlfriend for 15 days, may face charges

The weapon of a senior Israel Defense Forces officer will be confiscated after the man allegedly beat his girlfriend, Ynet has learned. The police have launched an investigation into the incident.


The officer, who holds the rank of colonel, has been removed from his hometown of Rishon Lezion and from his partner for 15 days.


The sensitive incident began over the weekend, when the officer's partner arrived at the Rishon Lezion police station and complained that he had attacked her. The woman had assault wounds on her body and she also presented the investigators with medical documents indicating that she had been hurt.


According to the woman, the officer shoved and beat her in the midst of an argument between them. The investigation material reveals that the suspect tried to talk to his partner and inform her that he wished to return to his ex-wife, but that the argument heated up and turned violent.


In light of the fact that the man is a senior officer, the Rishon Lezion Police decided to involve the Military Police and asked to question the officer. The man arrived at the Rishon Lezion Police's investigations department on Sunday, but denied any connection to the assault.


According to sources at the police station, however, during the questioning session the officer made a slip of tongue, strengthening his girlfriend's version.


"We are investigating such a complaint," confirmed Superintendent Zvika Rosenberg, deputy commander of the Rishon Lezion station. "In light of the fact that this was a spouse's complaint, according to procedures the police must confiscate the man's weapon.


"As the incident involved a senior IDF officer, the instruction was turned over to the Military Police, and it was decided that the officer's commander would take away his personal weapon and guard it. At this stage the suspect has associated himself with the incident, and the plan is to indict him."


The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in response, "The issue is related to the officer's personal life, and has therefore been handled by the civil authorities. The IDF will act as customary in such cases."


Initial information received via Red Email


פרסום ראשון: 04.06.09, 07:41
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