AG Expected to Approve Danino as Next Police Chief

Weinstein is also expected to note legal difficulties could arise if Danino is tapped for the post and his appointment is challenged.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is soon expected to announce that he sees no legal barrier to the possible appointment of Southern District Police commander Yohanan Danino as the next police commissioner. That would enable a renewal of the selection process, since Danino is a leading candidate.

But Weinstein is also expected to note that legal difficulties could arise if Danino is tapped for the post and his appointment is challenged in the High Court of Justice, given that the State Comptroller's Office is still studying complaints about Danino's conduct.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein at yesterday’s Bar Association conference in Eilat.
Rimon Cohen

As reported in Haaretz, attorney Eliad Shraga, head of the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, has said his organization would petition the High Court in the event a candidate is announced before the comptroller's investigation is completed.

Weinstein had initially ordered the process of selecting the next police commissioner suspended until the comptroller's investigation is completed.

But Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch recently urged the attorney general to expedite the selection process.

Yesterday, Weinstein received the transcripts of the day's testimony to the comptroller by current Police Commissioner David Cohen and Commander Yisrael Abarbanel.

Three years ago, Abarbanel filed a complaint alleging misconduct by top police officials that resulted in the murders of two informants in 2006.

The informants were handled by the Central District during Cohen's tenure as the district's commander. Danino was then head of the intelligence and investigations division.

Police officials reject Abarbanel's accusations of misconduct, which they say were refuted by the results of an internal review of the affair.

Last week, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss received another complaint against Danino on a separate issue.

The police's former deputy representative in the United States, Simon Perry, accused Danino of delaying police action against reputed organized crime kingpins Meir and Yitzhak Abergil.

Perry is to testify to the comptroller on that issue next week.