AG May Order Police to Question Barak Over Forged Document

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Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein might direct police to question former Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the State Prosecutor’s Office told the High Court of Justice on Tuesday.

Weinstein's position was presented by the prosecutor in response to petitions against a previous decision to investigate former IDF officers, including chief of staff Lieut. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi and Lieut. Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, under military law only and in connection with charges involving improper conduct. The petitions requested that the court direct the AG to open a police investigation into Barak and his formers aides.

The background to the case is the so-called Harpaz Affair, in which Harpaz allegedly forged a document with the purpose of preventing the appointment of Maj. Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant as chief of staff. The subsequent investigation has raised serious allegations about Ashkenazi, Barak and others.

Weinstein expanded the scope of the investigation last month, following six months of a military police investigation, and assigned it to the police's Investigations and Intelligence Department, the prosecutor’s office said.

"The decisions as to future directions and limits of the investigation, including the possibility of widening it in the direction of other individuals involved, including the former defense minister and his staff, will be taken by the AG according to the results of the investigation."

Weinstein’s widening of the investigation does not necessarily mean that indictments will eventually be served. Weinstein believes that the chances that the High Court of Justice would intervene if no indictments are served is low. "The AG's decision whether to launch a police investigation or not or whether to indict any suspects is subject to his discretion, and therefore the judicial room for intervention is extremely limited," the attorneys representing the prosecution wrote.

Ashkenazi, left, and Barak in happier days. Credit: Nir Kafri

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