Attorneys for the state comptroller and Col. Erez Weiner will meet Tuesday to
discuss the senior officer’s demand to receive all evidence collected in the
comptroller’s investigation into the so-called Harpaz Affair.
served as the top assistant for former IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi
Ashkenazi, came under sharp criticism in the draft report that State Comptroller
Micha Lindenstrauss issued to relevant parties in March.
immediately requested the material after receiving the draft version of the
report but Lindenstrauss rejected his request. As a result, he petitioned the
High Court of Justice.
In a strange sequence of events, Attorney-General
Yehuda Weinstein refused to represent Lindenstrauss and recommended that the
State Comptroller’s Office supply the material to the officer. Lindenstrauss
refused and has since hired former justice minister David Libai to represent him
in the court proceedings.
Last week, the court set June 4 as the date it
will start hearing arguments on the petition, which has led to some speculation
that the final report on the Harpaz Affair will be written by the next
comptroller, Joseph Shapira, who takes up the post in early July.
because if the court accepts Weiner’s petition it will have to give him time to
review the new material so he can respond to the draft report.
Weiner will still need time to submit his response.
Ashkenazi has also
yet to file his response.
The Harpaz Affair is named for Col. (res.) Boaz
Harpaz, a former Military Intelligence officer who allegedly forged a document
detailing a strategy of how to get former OC Southern Command
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant appointed chief of staff in place of
Barak wanted Galant for the post, while Ashkenazi was believed
to have wanted a fifth year in the job for himself.
The document was
leaked in 2010 to Channel 2 and was later discovered to have been forged. While
Galant was tapped by the government as the next chief of staff, he ultimately
lost the appointment due to an unconnected land affair involving his home in
Moshav Amikam, near Zichron Ya’acov.