Policeman granted immunity in Perinian case

Officer concerned he would be disciplined for revealing information to the media.

May 25, 2006 08:00
Policeman granted immunity in Perinian case

Zeiler 298.88 AJ. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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State Attorney Eran Shendar granted immunity to an unidentified police officer who asked to testify before the Zeiler Commission on police corruption. According to Israel Radio, The officer was concerned that the police would discipline him for revealing information about possible police mishandling of the Perinian case to the media. The Movement for Quality Government gave the name of the police officer to the Attorney General Meni Mazuz and State Attorney Shendar, and Shendar ruled on Wednesday that the police officer could hand over any information he wished, without the evidence being used against him. The Zeiler Commission is expected to subpoena the police officer in the next few days. The commission, led by former district court justice Vardi Zeiler, is charged with reviewing the way police and prosecutors led a six-year investigation which began following the 1999 murder of underworld figures Tzahi Ben-Or and Pinhas Buhbout. The commission has accused the police, the District Attorney's Office, and the Justice Ministry's Police Investigative Department of serious failures in their handling of issues surrounding the investigations into the murders.

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