Lindenstrauss: Galant seized property that wasn't his

State comptroller's findings on IDF chief-designate reveal multiple improprieties in land dealings that could derail his appointment to army's top spot; attorney-general to decide on further actions.

January 27, 2011 16:52
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OC SOUTHERN Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant.

Galant 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

IDF Chief of General Staff-designate Yoav Galant "siezed property that was not his," State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss found in his investigation into an alleged illegal land seizure made by Galant in Moshav Amikam adjacent to his home.

Lindenstrauss on Wednesday presented the findings of his investigation to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, who was expected to decide on Sunday if he will continue to defend Galant against a petition filed with the High Court of Justice by the Green Movement. If Weinstein pulls his support for Galant based on the state comptroller's findings in the land seizure investigation, Galant's appointment to chief of General Staff could be canceled.

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The findings revealed that Galant did not evacuate the territory for four years even after being made aware that he was not legally allowed to make use of the land. Galant claims that he passed the issue to a lawyer who handled the issue for him from that point forward.

The state comptroller's report found that Galant got approval for building which exceeded normal limits, after the building had been completed in order to retroactively make the construction legal.

The report found that various authorities gave Galant preferential treatment in his building and land dealings in Moshav Amikam. Lindenstrauss noted that a general culture of illegal behavior was uncovered in the investigation.

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