Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced yesterday that he was determined to crack down on leaks from police investigations of public officials. As his first move, he summoned Police Commissioner David Cohen and the head of the police's investigations and intelligence department, Yoav Segalovich, to a special meeting on the subject next week.
The goal of the meeting, which Justice Ministry officials will also attend, is to devise ways of preventing leaks from such probes. Participants will discuss how to improve information security within the police and prosecution, better supervision of investigative material disseminated among numerous police investigators and prosecutors, and perhaps even the use of polygraph tests to help identify those responsible for leaking sensitive information.
Many high-profile suspects and their attorneys have criticized leaks from police investigations connected to them - including Weinstein himself, in his previous role as a defense attorney for former prime minister Ehud Olmert.
One incident for which police were especially criticized was the on-camera arrest of Bat Yam Mayor Shlomo Lahiani in December 2009, after the media were informed of exactly when and where the arrest would occur.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch was furious and publicly demanded that the police clean up their act.
The police subsequently denied that it was responsible for informing the media, asserting in a press statement that "many law enforcement agencies and players" had been involved in the investigation.
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