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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi )
The Police Investigations Department announced on Thursday it has completed its investigation into two complaints of sexual offenses lodged against Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev.
“Sufficient evidence” exists to indict Bar-Lev for an attempted forceful indecent act and sexual harassment against Public Security Ministry adviser Dr. Orly Innes, Investigators said.
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However, investigators found that there was “insufficient evidence” to back up a complaint by “Mem,” a woman from the North, who said Bar-Lev raped her.
The Justice Ministry’s PID stressed that the findings released were the opinions of the investigators only, and that PID attorneys, who were supposed to prepare a final evaluation of the evidence, have not done so due to the ongoing strike by state attorneys.
Bar-Lev has denied all suspicions against him. His supporters say that the complaints were part of a plot to oust him from the race to be the next police chief.
Bar-Lev took a leave of absence and withdrew his candidacy last week. He
was questioned for an hour and a half by PID investigators on
Bar-Lev’s attorney, Irit Baumhoren, released a statement saying, “We
welcome the PID’s decision to recommend against indicting Cmdr. Bar-Lev
[for rape]. We are sure that eventually, prosecutors will decide against
indicting him on a charge of an attempted indecent act.”