State Comptroller Joseph Shapira has decided to publish portions of his report on the Dimona nuclear reactor and its subsidiary, Rotem Industries, following a petition by Haaretz to the High Court.
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The report was prepared by the comptroller's office in 2013 and deals with serious deficiencies and irregularities exposed at the nuclear reactor. The comptroller decided in consultation with security officials that the report wouldn't be published, on the basis of paragraph 17 of the State Comptroller's Law which permits classifying reports about issues of state security.
A classified report is not placed on the Knesset table and only the chairperson of the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee and the chairperson of the state comptroller's committee may view it.
In November Haaretz reported on a decision to classify the report despite the fact that, according to sources, parts of it did not deal with classified operations at the Dimona reactor, except for one subject.
While preparing the report, the comptroller examined the actions and procedures involved in the sale of equipment to the Rotem company without a tender.
Haaretz, via attorney Tali Lieblich, petitioned the High Court in February to publish the report. Aner Helman of the state attorney's office has responded that in light of the appeal, the state comptroller has decided to publish select portions of the report in May.