Lawyers insist PMO staffer still does not wish to testify

January 30, 2012 10:08

The attorney of R., the young female PMO staffer allegedly harassed by Chief of Staff Natan Eshel, told the attorney-general early Monday morning that his client still refuses to testify.

In a letter to Weinstein, R.'s attorney, Dr Harel Arnon, said that R.'s legal team regretted the attorney-general's decision "not to honor the wishes of our client to refrain from testifying to the Civil Service Commission."

Arnon's letter comes after Weinstein announced late Sunday evening that the Civil Service Commission's Investigations Division will carry out a full investigation into allegations that Eshel harassed R. and intruded on her privacy.

The attorney-general said that R. would have to testify in that investigation, despite a request via her attorneys on Sunday that she be permitted not to do so. Weinstein said that as a government employee, R. is compelled to report to the Civil Service Commission's investigators.

R. herself has not made any complaint against Eshel, and according to reports, the allegations were brought to the attention of the attorney general by Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, communications director Yoaz Hendel and Maj.-Gen. Yohanan Locker.

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