State Comptroller asks AG to reopen investigation of Harpaz affair
In 2010, Lt. Col. Boaz Harpaz confessed to police that he had forged a document in a bid to keep Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant from being appointed successor to IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss has asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to reopen a criminal investigation into the so-called Harpaz document.
The request was made after Lindenstrauss received new information that ostensibly strengthens suspicions presented in the comptroller's draft report on the affair, issued in March.
In 2010 Lt. Col. Boaz Harpaz confessed to police that he had forged a document in a bid to keep Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant from being appointed as the successor to Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.
Last night Weinstein met with senior officials in the State Prosecutor's Office for consultations on the matter. Another consultation is expected Sunday, before the High Court of Justice hears the petition of Col. Erez Weiner, who allegedly received the document from Harpaz. Weiner, who was harshly criticized in the draft report wants the High Court to force the state comptroller to reveal the evidence against him.
A senior legal official told Haaretz on Thursday that Lindenstrauss' main concern is that if Weiner is allowed to see the evidence against him it will be impossible to pursue a criminal investigation.
"If a criminal investigation exposes all the leads arising from the comptroller's report, all the corruption affairs of recent years will pale in comparison," the official said.
A number of legal figures involved in the affair said they believe Weinstein will have no choice but to reopen the investigation.
Other officials said Weinstein should make do with the harshness of the report and see to it that the comptroller's recommendations in the affair are implemented.
The State Comptroller's Office said on Thursday: "What we have to say we will present in court."