Jerusalem police chief Nisso Shaham was forced to take administrative leave starting on Thursday morning, following a criminal investigation which is under gag order at this time. According to Army Radio, the interior police investigation unit has been investigating the issue for a long period of time, but the decision to put Shaham on administrative leave was made late Wednesday night.
The Jerusalem District is effectively left without a police chief, as Shaham did not appoint a replacement for his deputy, Manny Yitzhaki, who left a few days ago to oversee the special investigative unit Lahav 443. Yitzhaki is temporarily fulfilling the police chief duties, according to reports. Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby refused to comment on the issue.