Ze’ev Even-Chen, a former police central region commander and father of Topaz Even-Chen Klein, who was killed in the December 2010 Carmel Forest fire, on Wednesday filed a petition with the High Court of Justice demanding that the government fire Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, the chief of police, the chief fire commissioner and the head of the Israel Prison Service (IPS).
All of the public officials that Even Chen is seeking to be removed were slammed by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss' report on the fire as having special responsibility for the fiasco that transpired as a result of the fire and what Lindenstrauss considered to be unnecessary deaths and casualties.
Specifically, Even Chen is asking the court to order Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich to fire most of the above public officials, since most of them fall within his portfolio, and to order Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to fire Steinitz.
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