Israeli General Suspected of Rape Lodges Complaint Claiming Defamation

Ofek Buchris’ lawyer criticizes ‘mudslinging’ that allegedly denies due process for his client.

A file photo of Ofek Buchris, 2010.
Hagai Ofan

Brig. Gen. Ofek Buchris has complained to the military advocate general that reports of his alleged sexual misconduct are false and defaming him.

The complaint was sent to Brig. Gen. Sharon Afek by Buchris’ military defense attorney, Col. Asher Halperin. According to the lawyer, Buchris says the reports are “causing him shame and are far from the truth.”

“A campaign of mudslinging and blackening his name is taking place, at the very time the investigation is underway,” Halperin said in a statement. “These things severely impede the investigation and the right of the officer to due process.”

Halperin wrote that many press reports on the investigation included “false information that serves another clear purpose – humiliating the officer publicly by interested parties, to bring wrongful public pressure on the military advocate general.”

Halperin said Buchris had decided “not to respond in the same token out of a desire not to impede the investigation.” Halperin added that the investigation of his client, who is suspected of sexual offenses including rape, is nearing an end and that Buchris denied the allegations and was fighting to prove his innocence.

The Military Police arranged a confrontation this week between the female officer who is accusing Buchris. During the session she said Buchris had kissed her a number of times against her will, abusing his authority.

This month, a confrontation was held between Buchris and the main complainant against him, a female soldier who had served under his command and said he had raped and sodomized her.