Yochanan Danino 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss has found no reason to disqualify Southern
District police chief Cmdr.
Yochanan Danino from the competition to be
the next Israel Police chief, it was announced on Thursday evening.
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announcement followed a lengthy investigation by Lindenstrauss into claims by a
former police intelligence officer that Danino, along with Israel Police
David Cohen, whitewashed police incompetence that allegedly
led to the murders of two criminals turned police informers in 2006.
source close to Danino told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday evening that the
southern police chief “had full confidence in the comptroller’s investigation
from its beginning.”
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch is
expected to announce the new police chief in the coming days.
minister received the material... and is expected to announce the next police
chief at the start of next week,” a spokesman for Aharonovitch said.
statement released on Thursday, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, who received
the results of Lindenstrauss’s inquest, said “there was no legal reason to
prevent Danino from being appoint police chief at this time, should the minister
choose to do so.”
The statement added that “no flaws were found in
Danino’s conduct” regarding the murders of the police informers, when Danino was
head of the police’s Intelligence and Operations branch.
week, Cohen testified before the state comptroller’s inquest. He was head of the
police’s Central District in 2006, and was also accused by the former police
intelligence officer of misconduct.
Police have repeatedly dismissed the
intelligence officer’s claims.