Barak calls for investigation in wake of 'Harpaz report'

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January 6, 2013 19:39
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The Ministry of Defense on Sunday greeted the release of a State Comptroller's report on the "Harpaz Affair," and said that a criminal investigation must be launched at once against those responsible.

"The publication of the Harpaz report does not signify the end of the affair rather the beginning of the legal clarification phase, in order to reach the truth of the affair and the problems it has exposed. The report clarifies that this was a severe matter, one of the most serious scandals we have seen. What is needed now is a criminal investigation and a state committee of inquiry.”

The statement adds, “the report details acts whose essence was a conspiracy to harm the political appointment process, disruption of the legal process of appointing a chief of staff, obstruction of justice, forgery, breach of trust, and conduct unbecoming of an officer. This appears to be a clear case of criminal behavior on the part of the Chief of Staff's bureau."

The statement also says that the report presents former IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi 's leadership as “apparently criminal,” and that he stood at the “head of the pyramid” that deployed Erez Viner and Boaz Harpaz to carry out the subterfuge.

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