(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Senior State Comptroller official Ya'acov Borovsky on Monday denied allegations that he offered to ease up on the criminal investigations against former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in exchange for a promotion to the country's top police post.
According to a Sunday night report on Channel One television news, Borovsky used Solomon Karubi, a member of the Likud Central Committee who was close to former MK Omri Sharon, to try to bribe Sharon into interceding with his father, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, to support Borovsky's candidacy for the post of police commissioner.
"I don't know the man," Borovsky told The Jerusalem Post, referring to Karubi. "I have never met him face to face."
Karubi told Channel One that while Borovsky was in the same room with them, one of his subordinates, Dep.-Cmdr, David Siso, head of the northern sub-district, had promised Omri Sharon that in return for appointing Borovsky chief of police, the members of the police team investigating corruption allegations against his father and him would be changed.
Borovsky said Karubi's allegations were "absolutely fabricated" and that he knew who was behind them. He refused to identify the person and emphasized that he had never met his accuser personally.
"I believe that people with ulterior motives are making up these stories when they should be busy trying to solve real cases," said Borovsky, adding that the charges "are based on personal grudges." Borovsky added that he had filed a complaint with the police in which he gave details about his alleged accusers. He declined to give the Post details about the complaint.
However, in an interview with Army Radio in the morning, Borovsky said, "The public has a right to know that the timing [of the accusations] is not accidental."
Karubi, meanwhile, arrived at the police's National Fraud Unit, apparently to lodge a complaint or present himself as a witness in the matter.
According to the Channel One report, Karubi and Omri Sharon met a second time at a Tel Aviv caf , where Sharon allegedly told him that "the old man [Ariel Sharon] doesn't get involved with these things. Tzahi picked whoever he has picked," referring to then-Internal Security Minister Tzahi Hanegbi's selection of Southern District commander Moshe Karadi for the top police position.
The Channel One report also claimed that Omri Sharon had confirmed key details of Karubi's story, but cited Siso as saying he didn't "know who Karubi is, and I certainly never met with him."
These newest claims relating to illicit nominations within the Israel Police come on the coattails of other related allegations and counter-allegations. Borovsky recently infuriated Kadima MK Hanegbi when he was cited in a letter to the Zeiler Commission claiming that campaign donations to the Likud Party had bought sensitive police appointments.
In response, Hanegbi said that Borovsky "is a liar and is corrupt," calling for him to either publicly refute his claims or agree to testify before the Zeiler Commission as to their veracity. Hanegbi also called on Lindenstrauss to remove Borovsky from his current role as Lindenstrauss's senior adviser on political corruption, saying "this is a man who is in charge of rooting out corruption, but he has done the most corrupt thing possible" by making libelous accusations.
Meanwhile, Lindenstrauss's office released that in recent months it has been investigating alleged irregularities in several police appointments.
And to make matters even more complex, Lindenstrauss has also recently run afoul of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who counts both Omri Sharon and Karubi among his supporters within the Kadima Party.