Boaz Harpaz
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AG considers criminal probe into 'Galant document' case

Shin Bet, police to check whether evidence against man suspected of trying to influence chief of staff appointment process warrants investigation

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has instructed Israel Police and the Shin Bet to check whether there is sufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation into the 'Galant document', Ynet reported Thursday evening.


Additional details of the case remain under a gag order.


About two weeks ago the State Prosecutor's Office announced that Lt. Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz will be charged with forging a document with the intent to influence the IDF Chief of Staff appointment process.


He was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport in August and released to house arrest in September. The State Prosecutor's Office is expected to file an indictment in the coming days.


The document purported to show a concerted effort to have Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant appointed army chief . Galant was eventually chosen to succeed current Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, but his appointment was cancelled after it was discovered that he had seized public land near his home in Moshav Amikam.


In a statement issued Thursday evening, the Justice Ministry said AG Weinstein insisted on the Shin Bet's participation in the examination due to the link between the case's criminal and security-related aspects.


Aviad Glickman and Eli Senyor contributed to the report



פרסום ראשון: 02.03.11, 23:44
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