Comptroller: Probe Barak bureau over Herpaz affair (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviad Glickman Latest Update: 05.04.12, 15:14)
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Micha Lindenstrauss asks attorney general to launch criminal
investigation against Defense Minister´s bureau over missing tapes.
Ynet learns comptroller also advises to probe former IDF Chief of
Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, but sources privy to case deny report
Harpaz affair making waves again – State Comptroller Micha
Lindenstrauss asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to launch a
criminal investigation into the missing tapes affair in Defense
Minister Ehud Barak´s bureau, Ynet learned on Friday.
In addition, Lindenstraus recommended launching a criminal probe
against former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, in addition to his
former aide Colonel Erez Weiner, for their involvement in collecting
material against Barak.
Lindenstrauss received tapes only from Ashkenazi´s bureau, while
officials in Barak´s bureau claimed that their tapes were erased. Now
the state comptroller is asking the attorney general to investigate
whether the tapes were intentionally erased in an attempt to conceal
If Weinstein decides to pursue the criminal investigation, he will
most likely summon senior officials from Barak´s bureau – and perhaps
Barak himself – for interrogation under advisement.
Sources privy to the case confirmed that the state comptroller
requested to launch a criminal investigation into the missing tapes,
but denied that Lindenstrauss named Weiner or Ashkenazi as potential
subjects of a criminal probe.
In addition, Chief Military Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Danny Efroni
asked State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to hand him the
investigation material he collected during the Harpaz affair, in
order to examine whether there are any criminal aspects to the case.
Meanwhile on Friday, the State Prosecutor´s Office asked the High
Court to delay its discussion of a petition filed by Weiner, which is
scheduled for Monday. Weiner had petitioned the High Court against
the comptroller in order to get the documentation related to his case.
On Thursday, Ynet learned that Lindenstrauss had approached the State
Prosecutor´s Office with a request to examine the possibility of
launching a criminal investigation against Weiner over his
involvement in the Harpaz affair.
The Harpaz document, which was revealed in 2010, presented an alleged
plot to harm Ashkenazi and promote the appointment of Yoav Galant as
chief of staff. Harpaz at first admitted to forging the document, but
later retracted his statement. The State Prosecution has yet to
decide on whether it will indict him. . (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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