Yochanan Danino 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino on Sunday dismissed the senior police
officer who failed to report the suspected sexual harassment and misconduct of
Jerusalem police head Asst.-Ch. Nisso Shaham earlier this year.
summoned Zion police precinct head Dep.-Ch. Nissim Edri to his offices on Sunday
morning and informed him of the dismissal.
Danino also informed Edri that
he will be tried in the Police Disciplinary Court, an internal police
Both Edri and Shaham were placed on forced leave on July 26, when
the Justice Ministry’s Police Investigations Department (PID) announced a
monthlong undercover investigation of Shaham’s actions toward a number of
According to the Justice Ministry, which handled the initial
investigation over the summer, Edri originally refused to cooperate with the
probe and denied he had any knowledge of the harassment complaints.
toward the end of the investigation, when he was confronted by the officer who
had originally informed him of the suspected harassment, did Edri admit that he
had heard of the allegations but had not passed them on to the proper
authorities, as required by law.
“The senior officer’s conduct – his
failure to pass on the complaint that was reported to him for investigation, as
is required and expected under the circumstances – as well as his conduct during
the PID investigation, raise suspicions of a number of instances of disciplinary
misconduct,” a source in the PID said.
However, the PID decided that
Edri’s conduct did not warrant criminal charges. On August 2, the Justice
Ministry transferred the case to the Jerusalem Police for an internal
disciplinary hearing. Edri had his initial disciplinary hearing on August
The point of the initial disciplinary hearing was for Danino to
receive recommendations from Cmdr. Lily Baumhaker, head of the police’s
disciplinary unit, and the human resources department, as to whether or not Edri
should continue in his position.
Danino will announce a replacement for
Edri as the head of the Zion precinct in the coming days.