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The man who was hired to serve as State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss's anti-corruption czar found the tables turned on him Sunday night when a Likud activist claimed that Ya'acov Borovsky had himself attempted to bribe his way into becoming the country's top cop.
According to the allegations aired on Israel's Channel 1 on Sunday night, Borovsky tried to gain then-prime minister Ariel Sharon's support to become the nation's police chief in exchange for sandbagging the investigation against Sharon. The report said that a Likud central committee member, Solomon Karubi, was asked to go to the Zevulun Police Station, where he met with Borovsky and Amakim Subdistrict Head Cmdr. David Siso.
At that meeting, Karubi claimed, he was requested to intercede between Borovsky and Omri Sharon, as a result of which the investigation into the Sharon family would be slowed or even stopped in exchange for the then-prime minister's support for Borovsky to become inspector-general.
But at a later meeting between Karubi and Omri Sharon in a tony Tel Aviv caf , Sharon allegedly told Karubi that "the old guy [Ariel Sharon] doesn't get involved with these things. Tzahi picked whoever he has picked," referring to then-internal security minister Tzahi Hanegbi's selection of then-commander Moshe Karadi for the top police position.
The Channel 1 report also claimed that Omri Sharon had confirmed key details of Karubi's story, but cited Siso saying that he doesn't "know who Karubi is, and I certainly never met with him."
These newest claims relating to illicit nominations within the Israel Police come on the coattails of other related allegations and counter-allegations. Borovsky recently infuriated Kadima MK Hanegbi when he was cited in a letter to the Zeiler Commission claiming that campaign donations to the Likud Party had bought sensitive police appointments.
In response, Hanegbi said that Borovsky "is a liar and is corrupt," calling for him to either publicly refute his claims or agree to testify before the Zeiler Commission as to their veracity. Hanegbi also called on Lindenstrauss to remove Borovsky from his current role as Lindenstrauss's senior adviser on political corruption, saying "this is a man who is in charge of rooting out corruption, but he has done the most corrupt thing possible" by making libelous accusations.
Meanwhile, Lindenstrauss's office released that in recent months it has been investigating alleged irregularities in several police appointments.
And to make matters even more complex, Lindenstrauss has also recently run afoul of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who counts both Omri Sharon and Karubi among his supporters within the Kadima Party.