Police purportedly raided the house of the central complainant in a rape
investigation against Kiryat Malachi Mayor Moti Malka on Wednesday, where they
seized a gun belonging to the alleged victim’s husband, out of concern that he
would try to harm the man suspected of abusing her.
The raid first came
to light in a report by Israel Radio’s Adi Meiri, who quoted unnamed officials
in the State Attorney’s Office as saying it appeared to have been an effort to
intimidate the complainant – shortly before an indictment was to be sent against
Meiri said that while the case is being investigated by the
special LAHAV national fraud unit, Kiryat Malachi police did not bother to
inform LAHAV detectives before the raid, and neither arrested nor questioned the
complainant’s husband after the raid, despite the allegations that they seized
the gun because of a potential threat on the mayor’s life.
presently unclear whether the reported raid was a simple case of local police
negligence or if police were tipped off by someone with an interest in harassing
However, by Tuesday afternoon Kiryat Malachi police
scrambled to deny the reports, saying there was no raid, and that at no time did
they enter the complainant’s house.
Rather, they said the husband came to
the police station and turned the firearm over to police, who will hold it until
In May, Malka was arrested on suspicion of repeatedly
raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing the woman whose house was reportedly
raided Monday night – an employee of the municipality.
Malka is also
suspected of having taken a “sexual bribe” from a single mother in return for
arranging a discount on her municipal land tax payments. The mayor is also
suspected of accepting an apartment – to use for his sexual encounters – from a
local contractor as a bribe.
Malka has denied all the charges against him
and has argued that the sexual encounters were consensual and past history. A
further five municipality officials were arrested on suspicion of receiving
bribes, extortion, fraud and breach of trust.
For years Kiryat Malachi
has suffered from a shattered reputation due to the rape accusations and later
conviction of hometown boy and former president Moshe Katsav.