(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, suspected of forging the “Galant Document,” had his
remand extended by five days by the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court on
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Police had originally requested the remand be extended by 10
days, but negotiations with Harpaz’s defense lawyers led to an agreement on a
five-day custody period.
In addition to forging the document, Harpaz is
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.
A protocol of the closeddoor session was
issued by the court. Judge Shiri Rafaeli ruled that despite the agreement
reached between police and Harpaz’s lawyers, police must release the suspect
before his five-day custody period ends if the National Serious and
International Crimes Unit, which is leading the investigation, find that his
continued incarceration is not necessary for the investigation.
maintained a low profile throughout the proceeding.
Although he was
present at the courthouse, he was not brought into the courtroom after an
agreement was reached that the hearing would be held in his absence. It appeared
as if the police’s willingness to comply with Harpaz’s request to be absent from
the courtroom, and avoid the media, was linked to the agreement by his lawyers
to extend his custody by five days.
Harpaz is a businessman active in the
fields of defense sales and real estate. He has held a number of positions in
Harpaz has said he received a copy of the Galant
Document and passed it on, but denied forging it. He told police he received the
document from another individual whom he did not know, but added that police
could track the person down with relative ease, Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.
Police are checking the possibility that Harpaz did not act alone in allegedly
forging the document.
“If I knew how to write a strategic document like
that, I would change professions.
They’re looking for a scapegoat,”
Harpaz told Yediot Aharonot last week.
He had been cooperating with
police, answering questions in full, Yaron Kostalitz and Yechiel Weinroth, his
“Mr. Harpaz was questioned on two occasions two weeks
ago by Israel Police, and requested and received police permission to
abroad. When police asked him to return to take part in additional
dealing with the case, he returned to the country on Monday after
all aspects of his return with Israel Police,” the police representative
After the closed-door hearing ended, police, prosecutors and
Harpaz’s attorneys left the courtroom without speaking to reporters.