Apologized for behavior. Bar-Lev
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'Personal victory.' Dr. Orly Ines
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Police Commander Uri Bar-Lev will not stand trial for sexually harassing Dr. Orly Ines, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced on Thursday.
The attorney general stated that although enough evidence has been gathered to base an indictment, it was decided to close the case after Bar-Lev apologized to Ines and announced that he will retire from the police.
"During the decision making process on the case, and prior to being summoned for a hearing, Commander Bar-Lev asked to take full responsibility for his improper behavior toward Dr. Orly Ines and expressed regret for any harm that was inflicted on her due to media reports published during the affair," noted Weinstein.
On Tuesday, Dr. Ines arrived at the Police Investigation Unit offices, where she was briefed on a possible arrangement by which Bar-Lev will not be indicted.
After discussing the matter, "the attorney general decided – based on the recommendation of the Police Investigation Unit – that due to the public, personal and legal aspects of the case, and the full scope of circumstances, there was no longer a justification to pursue legal action," and therefore instructed to close the case.
Attorneys Rachel Toren and Orna Lin, who represent Dr. Ines, stated in response: "We consider the content of the attorney general's decision as a great personal victory for Dr. Orly Ines and complainants at large.
"This is an unprecedented achievement, by which a public figure admits of committing sexual acts, while taking full responsibility and personally apologizing to the victim, and also retiring from his post. This has spared her from enduring a difficult procedure," they noted.
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