(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Thursday issued a new directive to police
and Justice Ministry prosecutors, setting limits to the amount of time they have
from the moment they are given the case to the moment they indict a suspect or
close his file.
Weinstein explained that his directive is an internal
instruction to all criminal investigators and does not change the
Weinstein added that the time limits had to be different for
different types of crimes, since the more serious ones were usually more
complicated than the lighter ones. He set the limits as follows:
calling for penalties of less than three years: six months; violations
for penalties of three to five years: one year; felonies calling for
of up to 10 years: 18 months; felonies calling for penalties of more
years: two years.
Weinstein added that, within these limits, police and
Justice Ministry prosecutors should give top priority to certain
circumstances; for example: suspects who are in jail, minors, cases in
police have completed the investigation but the state prosecution
send the file back for more work, and cases in which the suspect
the allegations and the trial can be held and completed quickly.