(photo credit: (Channel 10))
Confusion and accusations dominated a
dispute on Wednesday between Dr. Orly Innes, who lodged a sexual harassment complaint against former police chief candidate Cmdr. Uri Bar
Lev, and the Public Security Ministry.
The Public Security Ministry announced on
Wednesday night that Innes had refused to sign an agreement to extend
her employment contract "despite repeated requests," leading to her
being sacked from her position. RELATED:Bar-Lev accuser 'Aleph' revealed as Dr. Orly InnesPID says sufficient evidence exists to indict Bar-Lev
In an embarrassing u-turn, soon
after the announcement was made, Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch said he had not been aware of the decision to fire her, and
reinstated Innes to her position, saying he needed time to "study what
Earlier on Wednesday, the Public Security Ministry said
Innes had been fired from her position as director of the City Without
Violence program because her contract ran out in November and she would
not sign an extension.
A ministry spokeswoman said, "unfortunately, until
today Dr. Innes has not signed the extension, and hence it is clear she
could not carry out any activity for the ministry without a contract. We
expect Dr. Innes to respond to our request to sign the agreement as soon
But Innes, whose complaint against Bar Lev did not
end up in an indictment against the senior officer after PID
investigators said it lacked convincing evidence, said she had been
fired as part of a larger plot to slander her.
Innes also lodged a sexual harassment complaint
against the former director-general of the Public Security Ministry
Hagai Peleg, leading to his resignation.
in order to complete the task of 'assassinating me,' it was decided to
fire me," Innes said in a statement. "Unfortunately, this is what
happens to a victim of a crime who exposes corruption in a state of the
rule of law," she added.