Jerusalem police chief Nisso Shaham 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Justice Ministry’s Police Investigations Department announced on Wednesday
evening that they will submit an indictment against Nisso Shaham, formerly chief
of the Jerusalem police, charging him with fraud, breach of trust, indecent
assault and sexual harassment.
Shaham stands accused of abusing his
position as a senior police officer to convince young, inexperienced policewoman
to engage in sexual relations with him.
The indictment states that all
relations were consensual but were not in accordance with proper practice within
the police department. The indictment states that Shaham specifically targeted
four young policewomen of low ranking. A Justice Ministry spokesman said Shaham
cooperated with the investigation.
On July 26, the Police Investigations
Department announced that it had conducted a months-long undercover probe
against Shaham and suspected him of sexual harassment, indecent assault and
improper sexual relations.
Shaham went on forced leave pending the
completion of the investigation and later resigned.
Zion Precinct head
Dep.- Ch. Nissim Edri was also placed on leave in connection with his failure to
report Shaham’s alleged sexual misconduct against the policewomen.
August 2, the Justice Ministry transferred Edri’s case to the Jerusalem Police
for an internal disciplinary hearing. The Police Investigations Department
decided that Edri’s conduct did not warrant criminal charges.