The sexual harassment charges against former Jerusalem police chief Nisso Shaham became increasingly severe on Sunday, as the media widely reported that there were at least five policewomen who filed complaints against Shaham. Widely-quoted sources said that the five harassment complaints are “just the tip of the iceberg” and called his sexual harassment “systematic” in the police force.
The Justice Ministry’s Police Investigation Department slammed the reports, calling them “not only inaccurate but completely wrong” and accused the media of fabricating quotes from within the investigation. A statement from the ministry said that the “high-level investigation unit” will maintain their silence in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.
On Thursday, the PID announced that the unit conducted a months-long undercover investigation against Shaham and suspected him of sexual harassment, indecent assault and improper sexual relations. Shaham went on forced leave pending the completion of the investigation.