police car 58.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A report composed by the Public Security Ministry’s internal comptroller has
leveled heavy criticism at the elite police Lahav 433 unit, Army Radio reported
The 433 unit is tasked with smashing corruption and
organized crime rights, and tackling complex white-collar crimes.
source well acquainted with the issue has confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that
the report was delivered recently to Public Security Minister Yitzhak
“It was shown to the minister, who will in turn ask police
to address the issue,” the official said.
Army Radio said the report was
critical of the head of the police’s Intelligence and Investigations branch,
Cmdr. Yoav Seglovitch, and recommended that the Lahav 433 unit be placed under
the direct responsibility of the police chief.
Police declined to comment
on the report.
The ministry’s comptroller, Yitzhak Segev, examined the
Lahav 433 unit for a year, and concluded that poor relations between the unit’s
previous head, Cmdr. Yoram Halevi, and Seglovitch had led to “failures at the
Segev also expressed dissatisfaction with the police’s
late response to his report, saying it delayed the completion of his work, Army
“The response that came from the Police
Insp.-Gen. [David Cohen]... was personal and defensive, and did not
address criticism of the unit,” Segev wrote in his report, according to Army