A-G launches probe into minister's alleged sex offenses

March 24, 2014 02:37

Woman files complaint over offenses that occurred years ago; unnamed minister denies claims as "political assassination".

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein [file].

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein 370. (photo credit:REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun )

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein has begun investigating complaints that a senior minister allegedly committed sexual offenses years ago against a woman he worked with, Israeli media reported Sunday night.

Weinstein, alongside police and officials from the Justice Ministry, launched a probe to check the credibility of the recently-filed allegations and whether the statue of limitations applies given the amount of time that has passed since the offenses were said to have taken place.

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According to Channel 2, the alleged offenses occurred 15 years ago.

"This is a political assassination," Channel 2 quoted the unnamed minister as saying in response to the accusations. "I have no idea what they're talking about, I have never heard this woman's name in my life."

Depending on Weinstein's findings from the preliminary examination, he will then decide whether to launch a criminal investigation.

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