Harpaz to be indicted over Galant paper
Harpaz is accused of forging a document purportedly detailing how GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant could secure the IDF chief of staff position; Galant was picked to succeed current Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi anyway.
The State Prosecutor's Office plans to indict Lt. Col. (res. ) Boaz Harpaz on grounds of forging a document with intent to influence the IDF Chief of Staff appointment process.
Harpaz is expected to be given a hearing with state prosecutors, and a decision about his indictment, recommended by the police, should come after the hearing.
Israel Defense Forces Military Advocate General, Avichai Mendelblit, in consultation with government Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, has decided that there is no evidence incriminating any active IDF officers of criminal wrongdoing.
Harpaz is accused of forging a document purportedly detailing how GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant could secure the IDF chief of staff position. Galant was picked to succeed current Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi anyway.
Yaron Kosteliz, Harpaz's attorney, said yesterday that he has received a statement from the State Prosecutor's Office and will state Harpaz's arguments to prosecutors once he has reviewed the materials of its investigation.
Sources indicated yesterday that other aspects of the Galant document affair will be examined later on by Weinstein and Mendelblit, after the State Comptroller's Office has finished its investigation of the matter.
The State Comptroller investigation is taking place now. Last October, the police's major crimes unit completed its investigation of the affair. Findings were relayed to Weinstein, and the police recommended Harpaz's indictment for forging the document.
In interrogation, Harpaz admitted to forging the document. He explained that he tried to create a document that seemed credible and serious, and so he inserted the logo of a public relations-strategic consultation firm. Yet he has furnished several accounts of his part in the document's creation, some of them contradictory.