AG: Criminal probe might be opened into Harpaz Affair

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May 6, 2012 21:18

 
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Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein confirmed on Sunday reports that his office is considering launching a criminal investigation into the so-called Harpaz Affair in light of new evidence recently obtained by law enforcement officials.

The Harpaz Affair is named for Boaz Harpaz, a former military intelligence officer who allegedly forged a document detailing a strategy of how to get former OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant appointed chief of staff in place of Ashkenazi.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak wanted Galant for the post, while Ashkenazi was believed to have wanted a fifth year in the job for himself.

The document was leaked in 2010 to Channel 2 and was later discovered to have been forged. While Galant was tapped by the government as the next chief of staff, he ultimately lost the appointment due to an unconnected land affair involving his home in Moshav Amikam.

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