Shapira: Chaim Katz may have broken law in campaign tactics

November 25, 2012 17:53


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The State Comptroller Yosef Shapira announced on Sunday that he had warned of possible illegal behavior regarding Likud primary elections by Likud MK and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) union head Chaim Katz in a letter he sent to the head of the Electoral Commission, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein and Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein last week.

According to the State Comptroller's spokesperson, Shapira's letter indicated that use of IAI's facilities, computers and other resources for political purposes, in particular during work hours, could be illegal.

The letter also noted that distracting employees' from their jobs during work hours could hurt the corporation's efficiency and profitability, even more problematic since IAI gets large public funding.

Shapira also stated in his letter that his office had received complaints in the past about Katz's behavior, which added credibility to the current suspicions against him.

Despite all of the above, Shapira emphasized that he had brought the allegations to Rubinstein and Weinstein's attention as only they could take direct action against Katz, if necessary.

Shapira sent the letter in response to a complaint filed by one of IAI's workers. 

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