IDF Brig. Gen. Ofek Buchris..
(photo credit: ELI DASSA)
The Military Advocate General will hold a pre-indictment hearing in the coming weeks for Brig.-Gen.Ofek Buchris, who is accused of five incidents of rape by his main accuser and of sexual harassment against a second accuser. The hearing is a sign that the investigation of Buchris is coming to a close, his lawyer, IDF public defender Col. (res.) Asher Halperin, confirmed on Friday.
The allegations, which broke a little over two months ago, have already cost Buchris a promotion to head IDF operations within the Operations Directorate and have halted the career of an officer who many saw as a future candidate for IDF chief of staff.
Reports indicate he may meet with Military Advocate General Brig.-Gen.Sharon Afek in the coming weeks and that Afek is leaning toward indicting him, though reports have varied on how serious the charges will be.
In mid-March, new evidence reported by Channel 10 and lie detector tests which seemed to go against Buchris appeared to move the IDF legal division closer to an indictment.
The new evidence reportedly included objective circumstantial evidence tending to confirm at least one of the five rapes which Buchris is accused of.
In addition, the lawyers for the two complainants said at the time that IDF lawyers, including top military prosecutor Col. Sharon Zigagi, told them that the lie detector tests also showed that Buchris was not telling the entire truth in denying the complaints against him.
Halperin has slammed the leaks to the media about the investigation throughout.