State Comptroller Report to Knock Lag Between Police Probe, Indictment

It will also criticize state's handling of the assets of Holocaust victims.

The State Comptroller's Office is due to issue a report today criticizing the criminal justice system for the lag between when police open a criminal investigation and when the prosecution decides whether to file charges or close the case.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein Yoni Reif
Yoni Reif

Six years ago the state prosecution came up with a plan to keep the lag time down to two years at most.

But over the last few years, there have been many complaints about extensive delays, even in serious cases like murder and sexual assault.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein ordered the prosecution in September to set a detailed schedule for handling cases. He gave them 18 months to formulate an indictment for felonies that carry a jail term of up to 10 years and two years for felonies that carry a jail term of more than 10 years.

For lesser offenses, prosecutors get between six months and a year to formulate charges.

The report was initially compiled by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss in 2007 and 2008, but was updated last year.

It will also include criticism of the way the state has dealt with the assets of Holocaust victims and a detailed investigation of the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets, the Custodian General's Office, the Israel Lands Administration and the Land Registry Office.

The location and restitution company, which is charged with reinstating the heirs of Holocaust victims who had assets in Israel, recently announced that it will provide NIS 1.4 million to the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv.

The money will go toward enabling tens of thousands of soldiers and students to see the play "Ghetto," which describes the final days of the theater that operated in the Vilna Ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania.

The comptroller's report will also review the way the funds and administration of the President's Residence and the Fund for the Treatment of the Disabled.