Lawyers for former Jerusalem police head Asst.-Ch. Nisso Shaham issued a
complaint to the attorney-general on Wednesday against what they said has been a
recent series of Justice Ministry leaks meant to smear their client.
complaint alleges that the leaks were a sort of payback for Shaham’s refusal to
sign a plea bargain in the sexual assault and harassment case, which involves
allegations made against him by eight subordinate female officers.
this matter [the Justice Ministry] crossed all lines – and furthermore this
wasn’t a single leak that could be dismissed, it was a wave of directed and
deliberate leaks,” attorney Boaz Ben-Tzur’s office said in the
The move came in response to a report in the Israeli media
this week saying that Shaham’s attorneys at the time, Navit Negev and Iris
Niv-Sabag, had told two Justice Ministry disciplinary hearings earlier this year
that sexual relations between police brass and lowerranking women were
commonplace and even normal in the Israel Police. They added that prosecuting
Shaham would thus constitute selective enforcement.
Ben-Tzur said the
leak had been made in part to bring ridicule on his client.
was especially severe,” Ben-Tzur’s office said. “It was a lie down to the core
and constitutes an attempt to present my client’s legal defense in a ridiculous
Negev told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that the reports about
her and Niv-Sabag’s testimony were not accurate. She would not
Ben-Tzur said that this line of defense would not be used in
court, and that Shaham’s attorneys would instead base their case solely on
whether or not a crime took place.
He expanded on this by saying that not
all instances of sexual relations lead criminal charges.
On Monday the
Justice Ministry’s police investigatory committee indicted Shaham on charges of
sexual assault, sexual harassment, fraud and breach of trust. Its case is based
on allegations made by eight low-ranking female officers who accused the
ex-chief of exploiting his position to carry out sexual relations – including
acts that were carried out against their will – and that he also sexually
harassed several of them.
These acts allegedly took place in Shaham’s
car, police buildings, his home and his mother’s home, in addition to other
They occurred while he was in a position of influence
regarding the women’s promotions or other aspects of their police careers.
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