The Justice Ministry on Monday indicted a former commander of the Jerusalem police for indecent assault, sexual harassment, fraud and breach of trust involving eight policewomen.
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Niso Shaham was indicted by the Justice Ministry unit that investigates police officers suspected of wrongdoing. In November, the unit told Shaham that it was considering an indictment, which it filed after a hearing lasting a number of sessions.
"We feel Maj. Gen. Shaham did not commit any crimes and we will try to convince the department for the investigation of police officers of that during the hearing," Shaham's lawyers said in a statement in November.
In most of the cases, the policewomen were subordinate to Shaham, had a low rank in general and were much younger than him.
According to the indictment, Shaham is responsible for obsessive phone calls and sexual offenses during his routine police work, whether in his office, in vehicles or at police installations. These also allegedly took place after hours at his home, at his mother’s home and elsewhere throughout the country.
As the indirect superior of some of these women, Shaham sometimes had to decide on requests regarding promotions, permission to attend classes outside the police department and transfers to other units. According to the indictment, Shaham made decisions on these requests despite the conflict of interests.
Before serving as commander of the Jerusalem District, Shaham was commander of the David District, commander of the Negev District, deputy commander of the Jerusalem District and head of the police logistics unit. He was appointed commander of the Jerusalem District in May 2011.