Forensic police unit.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Details of police investigations may not be made public less than 48 hours after
the subject of the probe is notified, according to a law the Knesset passed late
The government-proposed bill gives suspects the opportunity
to request a gag order from the court on the investigation’s
Previously there was no limitation on when a suspect’s name
could be made public, unless a court ruled against doing so.
Constitution, Law and Justice Committee chairman David Rotem (Israel Beiteinu)
explained, when presenting the bill to the plenum, that the new law was
especially necessary in cases where there was weak proof or the police were
mistaken, and publicizing the suspect’s name could irreversibly harm him or
There could be exceptions to the law – which passed with 21 in favor
and eight opposed – if publicizing the suspect’s name would help the
investigation, or if not releasing the details would harm the public.