(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, suspected of forging the "Galant document," had his remand extended by five days in a Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court as part of an agreement between police and Harpaz's attorney on Tuesday. Police had requested the remand be extended by 10 days.
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In addition to forging the document, Harpaz is also suspected by police of attempting to illegally influence the
testimony of a number of witnesses questioned in recent weeks over the
affair, the police representative told the court.
Harpaz, who was arrested by detectives from the National Serious and
International Crimes Unit at Ben Gurion Airport after landing on a
flight from Italy on Monday, is suspected of aggravated forgery,
disrupting legal procedures, and conspiracy to commit a crime, police
"He is suspected of forging [the so-called Galant] document and
transferring it to the office of the IDF Chief of Staff," police said.
"He is also suspected of disrupting the investigation by trying to
influence the testimonies of other suspects," police added.
Harpaz is a businessman active in the fields of defense sales and real
estate. He is also a mid-ranking reserve IDF official.
Harpaz has said he received a copy of the document and passed it on,
but denied forging it. "If I knew how to write a strategic document
like that, I would change professions. They're looking for a scapegoat,"
Harpaz told Yedioth Ahronoth last week.
The document, which police now say is a forgery, was first made public
by Channel 2 on August 6, and purports to show that Arad
Communications, a public relations firm, drew up plans to damage the
reputations of senior IDF officers in a bid to promote OC Southern
Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant¹s candidacy to become IDF chief of General
The police investigation has so far found that the complaint by Arad
Communications, which argued that the document was forged and made to
appear as it was composed by the company, is well founded. "We have
exposed a chain of people who transferred the document," police said
in a statement on Thursday.