A chief superintendent in the police’s elite Lahav 433 unit has recently been questioned by Justice Ministry investigators on suspicions of having sexually harassed several female police officers.
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The officer, who is suspected only of verbal harassment, has been put under house arrest for five days.
Lahav 433, popularly known as Israel’s FBI, is an elite unit responsible for investigating fraud, financial crimes and serious and international crimes.
Several senior police officers have been investigated for sexual offenses over the past few months. In February, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino fired Commander Moti Hariv, head of the Coastal District’s central investigations unit, after he was investigated for alleged sexual assault against a police volunteer. Danino also fired the commander of the Coastal District, Maj. Gen. Hagay Dotan, and the head of a Be’er Sheva police station, Commander Moshe Ivgy, after both officers were investigated for sexual crimes by the Justice Ministry unit in charge of investigating police misconduct.
Last month, the Justice Ministry announced that the unit had decided to close the case against police Brig. Gen. Kobi Davidian, commander of Jerusalem’s Moriah sub-district, who had been suspected of sexually harassing a subordinate a decade ago. The ministry said it closed the case “despite indications of truth found in the complaint and evidence that supported the [complainant’s] version.” The decision was influenced by the fact that Davidian apologized to the woman immediately after the incident and never harassed her again, according to the complainant’s own story.