Police: Expert on Mount Herzl lighting had no permit

April 20, 2012 12:17

The security expert, Yitzhak Zuker, who approved the safety of the light fixture which fell and caused the tragic events on Mount Herzl on Wednesday, told police during a Friday interrogation that he has never possessed or been granted a permit validating that he was a qualified expert on the issue.

On Wednesday, 20-year-old IDF officer Hila Bezaleli was killed and others were injured when a light fixture collapsed on the event's main stage during preparations for a Jerusalem Independence Day ceremony.

The police are also checking if the tender for building the lighting for the ceremony was granted on the basis of family or other prohibited connections between the winning bidder and employees of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, Army Radio reported.

Police may summon senior officials from the ministry for questioning, although the ministry said that at this time "the issue is not familiar to us" and "we have not received any summons from the police," according to Army Radio.

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