Colonel’s promotion blocked after losing classified documents

February 2, 2017 20:30

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot decided in coordination with the commander of the Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi that Col. Zaki Yefet, will return to his post as chief engineering officer of the Northern Command but will not be promoted to chief operations officer, the army said on Thursday evening.

Yefet was suspended two weeks ago, after his vehicle was broken into and classified documents and his encrypted military cellphone were stolen. Yefet reported the theft shortly after it occurred and a Military Police investigation is under way. Its finding will be transferred to the military prosecutor.

Following the cancellation of his appointment, Yefet will retire from the army in February 2018.

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