Northen Negev 311.
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Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino on Thursday dismissed the top three officers at the
Arad police station, after an internal police committee found them guilty of a
dereliction of duty in ignoring a complaint lodged on Monday night by a woman
whose two daughters were found murdered less than 24 hours later.
committee found “severe failures in the performance of all levels among the
officers of the Arad station in every aspect of their handling of the mother’s
complaint,” and ordered the indefinite dismissal of the chief of the Arad
station, Cmdr. Yoni Zeituk, Dep.-Cmdr. Albert Cohen, and the head of the
station’s investigations branch, Insp. Roni Eitan.
Danino also passed on
the findings of the committee for further review by the national police
headquarters in order to determine if further steps need to be taken against the
The committee was headed by Police Investigations Branch head
Dep.-Ch. Ephraim Bracha.
From the first moments of the
investigation of the murders, the committee discovered that a day before the
girls, aged two and four, were found dead in the village of al-Fura, their
mother came to the Arad station and lodged a complaint telling officers that she
feared that her ex-husband, the girls’ father, posed a clear and present danger
to their lives. The complaint was not followed up, and the officers did not make
contact with the father.
On Wednesday morning, police arrested three
members of the girls’ family, including the father’s new wife and two of her
sons, aged 15 and 17.
The father has not been found and may be hiding in
the West Bank, police said.