Airports Authority DG Files Comptroller Complaint Against IAA Chair

Gabi Ofir alleges Ovadia Eli is guilty of 'criminal act of fraud and breach of trust, which includes interfering in tender.'

Israel Airports Authority Director-General Gabi Ofir submitted on Monday a series of complaints to State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss on the management of the IAA.

Ofir complained of "political appointments, nepotism, lack of moral integrity and breach of trust by senior staff members, and the jeopardizing of passengers" at the authority. The move is part of Ofir's struggle against plans by IAA Board Chairman Ovadia Eli to have him replaced.

In his complaint, Ofir details a series of suspicions against Ovadia Eli, IAA legal advisor Ariyeh Shaham and Ben Gurion Internantional Airport Chairman Ze'ev Sarig.

Ofir alledges that Eli is guilty of "a criminal act of fraud and breach of trust, which includes interfering in a tender," as well as "wrongfully leading a move for the termination of IAA Chairman Gabi Ofir."

Ovadia Eli said in response that "it is regrettable that Gabi Ofir has chosen to debase the State Comptroller's Office by filing a fictitious complaint composed of a collection of anonymous lies, in order to buy time ahead of the discussion over his faulty tenure as IAA director general."