(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev, who is battling to clear his name after being accused
of sexual offenses against two women, took leave on Sunday from his post as
police attache in the US and removed himself from the race to be named the next
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Bar-Lev, who anticipated that he would
suspended from the force by Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen, notified Public
Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch of his decisions.
As a result,
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein notified Aharonovitch that a freeze previously
imposed on the process of appointing Cohen’s successor is no longer in effect,
and that the minister was now free to appoint a new police chief.
statement released by Bar-Lev’s attorney, Irit Baumhorn, said Bar-Lev had
“arrived in Israel a week ago to present his version regarding what had been
published, which turned into complaints to the Police Investigations
it is superfluous to note that the current situation is
intolerable to Bar-Lev and his family, and is causing mortal harm to
organization that he treasures most, the Israel Police.”
continued, “therefore, to focus on the struggle forced on him and to clear his
good name, Bar- Lev decided to take a leave.
Bar-Lev would also like to
announce that he is renouncing his bid for the post of next police chief, to
allow for a swift appointment of a suitable police chief, who will heal the
rifts created among police brass following this race.”
Bar-Lev has denied
sexually harassing Dr. Orly Innes, a Public Security Ministry adviser, two years
ago, and has said that a sexual encounter with “Mem,” a woman from the North who
accused Bar-Lev of rape, had been consensual.