PM and his wife Sara
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'Netanyahu acted against attorney general directives'

Senior legal officials question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's actions in using official PMO spokesman to respond to claims over Nepalese nurse caring for Sara Netanyahu's father

Senior legal officials stressed Wednesday night that Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu and his office "were clearly told that they were not allowed to use the Prime Minister's Office's official spokesman for his personal or political interests".


The officials made their comments following the irregular announcements published Tuesday and Wednesday by the Prime Minister's Office with regards to the Nepalese nurse charged with caring for the prime minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu's father.


Tara Kumari, who claims she was injured during an argument with Sara Netanyahu, has now been fired over what the Prime Minister's Office claims is her "ongoing negligence in caring for Mrs. Netanyahu's elderly and sick father".


According to the officials, "The Prime Minister's Office's legal advisor and the prime minister himself were well aware of the procedures and so, if the spokesman was used for the sake of Sara Netanyahu, then the steps were taken in direct violation of the attorney general's directives."


The officials added that violating the attorney general's directives was unethical and leave the prime minister liable to a number of proceedings. They believe the circumstances surrounding the violation must be clarified and examined. They also mentioned that a petition regarding the issue is currently pending in the High Court of Justice.


The Prime Minister's Office has yet to deliver a response to the claims but following directives announced Wednesday night by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, in which he instructed the prime minister to hire a spokesman to deal with personal non-official issues,  the Justice Ministry spokesman said that the prime minister intends to hire the services of a personal spokesman who does not included in the political establishment.


Earlier Wednesday the Prime Minister's Office published a statement in which it announced that the nurse's position would be terminated over her negligent behavior towards Netanyahu's father-in-law Shmuel Ben-Artzi. They added that Ben-Artzi's doctors had also testified to the nurse's negligence.


An additional statement addressed the incident in which a Nepalese nurse, Tara Kumari, was hurt while arguing with Sara Netanyahu. The statement claimed that Kumari suffers from rage filled outbursts, and therefore was responsible for her own injury.


The statement further quoted two anonymous witnesses who claimed that Kumari, neglected the patient.


"Mrs. Netanyahu rebuked the nurse, who responded with an uncontrollable fit of rage during which she threw herself on the ground and hit the floor and furniture," the statement read.


Aviad Glickman, Ronen Medzini, Attila Somfalvi and Boaz Fyler contributed to the report




פרסום ראשון: 08.31.11, 22:11
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