'Ex Shin Bet investigator not heading complaints unit'
State Attorney’s Office rejects report claiming new unit for investigating complaints against Shin Bet will be headed by former Shin Bet investigator.
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein [file] Photo: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters
The State Attorney’s Office on Monday vehemently rejected an Army Radio report
claiming that the office’s new unit for investigating complaints against Shin
Bet (Israel Security Agency) interrogators will be headed by a former Shin Bet
After years of criticism for allegedly failing to
investigate, or bring charges against, Shin Bet interrogators following
complaints against them, Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein – in consultation
with the Shin Bet and other authorities – ordered responsibility for
investigating agents transferred from the agency’s in-house unit to the State
Attorney’s Office in order to better assure its independence.
to the report, five candidates for the job made it to the final round, but all
were disqualified, except for the recently retired head of the Shin Bet’s
in-house investigations unit.
The report was viewed by many as highly
problematic. If true, it would insinuate that the State Attorney’s Office and
the Shin Bet were only making the investigations appear independent of the Shin
Bet, while essentially just changing the job title of the person who had been in
charge during the period under investigation.
The state’s response
indicated that in fact the report’s facts were sloppy, in that eight candidates
rather than five had made the final round, and that while one of them was a
former head of the Shin Bet’s investigations unit, he had not been chosen, and a
new round of candidates was being solicited.