Lindenstrauss okays Shai’s IDF pension

April 15, 2010 03:00

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss approved this week MK Nachman Shai’s military pension and said he was closing the probe regarding him.

In December, Lindenstrauss opened an investigation into the IDF pension received by the Kadima MK from the Defense Ministry. It had been revealed that after serving only three years as IDF spokesman, Shai had been granted a military pension for life. According to information obtained by the State Comptroller’s Office, Shai had been handed the rank of brigadier-general and a five-year unpaid vacation, bringing his military service up to eight years and therefore fulfilling the criteria to receive a pension.

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In a letter this week to Shai, Lindenstrauss said he had received all the necessary documents from the military, including the information on which the original decision to grant him with a pension was based, and that he had decided not to continue with the probe. “I am delighted with the decision of the state comptroller,” Shai said in a statement. “Like I said all along, the decision was made by the military via the correct channels, and now it has also been approved by the state comptroller.”

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