Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant
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Police: Evidence shows 'Galant document' forged

Authorities say controversial document attributed to general involved in army chief race likely fake

There is sufficient evidence to show the "Galant document" is forged, the State Prosecutor's Office told Petah Tikvah Regional Court on Thursday.


"At this stage we have received several different versions of the forged documents from different sources," wrote Attorney Dan Eldad for the State.


One of the documents received by the police was the one photographed and released to the press.


An earlier statement from Eldad was submitted before police requests to receive the document from Channel Two.


"In investigating a forged document, it is important to get to all versions, because every stage and every additional copy of the document show changes and signs which assist in gathering evidence," he wrote.


Eldad added Thursday that at this stage the document which had been held by Channel 2 is not required for the investigation. However, police investigations are still ongoing, and if sufficient evidence is collected for submitting an indictment, the document may be needed even if only to ensure there is nothing in it liable to assist the defense.



Channel Two expressed satisfaction with the announcement from the State Prosecutor's Office.


"This proves our earlier claim, that the police could have and should have completed the investigation before turning to us for the document," the channel's news agency representative Attorney Barak Bar-Shalom said. "There was no justification or need in these circumstances to violate press immunity."


The investigation is currently being extended to those considered close to the figures originally at the center of the affair, including reserve soldiers and those who have completed their reserve military service.

The investigation aims to understand the network of relationships in the army's upper echelons, and to determine whether there had been plans to influence the nomination of the chief of staff.


Roi Mandel also contributed to this report.



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