IDF officer suspected of covering up Gaza killing

Commander allegedly attempted to block probe by not giving report on the death of Palestinian woman to Military Advocate-General Mandelblit.

November 18, 2010 14:46
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IDF vehicle in Gaza

IDF vehicle in Gaza 311. (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

An IDF commander is suspected of blocking an investigation into the death of a Palestinian in Gaza, according to reports released on Thursday.

The officer is suspected of not submitting the results of a probe about a woman killed when she approached a Givati Brigade station during Operation Cast Lead.

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Military Police is investigating the case, which involves officers in the Rotem battalion of the Givati Brigade, who were supposed to give a report to Military Advocate-General Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit.

The oversight was revealed during the trial of S., the soldier accused of killing the Palestinian woman in the report. S.'s case was opened in April 2010, when a reserve officer said that he found the report, which had not been transferred to Mandelblit, on an IDF laptop computer.

The soldier's lawyers have demanded that the trial be stopped until Military Police finish investigating the commanders in the case.

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