´Abusive´ officer promoted to commander post (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 06.27.12, 00:48)
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Despite recommendation to dismiss him, officer accused of beating
soldiers moves up in ranks
An IDF officer reprimanded for beating his soldiers has been promoted
recently to the role of a company commander, Ynet has learned.
Last November, General (res.) Yitzhak Brick, the ombudsman charged
with reviewing soldier´s complaints, recommended to dismiss the
deputy commander for allegedly using violence against soldiers
belonging to a snipers unit within the Paratroopers Brigade.
Two months before the recommendation was made, the soldiers deserted
their base, claiming to have been abused by their commanders. They
complained they were beaten and pelted with various objects. Brick
noted that the events point to moral and operational failings. He
urged the army to take measures against the unit´s commanders.
The officer was indeed removed from the deputy commander position,
but instead of being discharged he was assigned to take the
prestigious company commander course within weeks. In less than two
months, he is to take charge of new recruits joining the Paratroopers
Brigade´s 890th battalion.
The decision to promote him was approved by Brick, who is said to
have examined the case closely.
The newly-minted commander hails from an elite unit and is considered
an excellent officer despite the abuse accusations.
"He is an outstanding officer who held a number of positions and was
punished for a specific case that is uncharacteristic of his military
career," the IDF Spokesperson´s Unit said. "Therefore there was
nothing to prevent him from becoming a company commander."
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