Dichter: High Court petition on Ganot 'expected'

Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter responded on Monday evening to criticism over his appointment of IPS Chief Warden Yaakov Ganot as the new head of the Israel Police, saying that a petition submitted to the High Court of Justice against Ganot's nomination was "expected and taken into account." Speaking at a Jerusalem conference on sports and violence, Dichter said that "It's been a long time since we've had a police chief with as impressive a record as Ganot's." Various legal officials, including Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz, have attacked Dichter's decision due to Ganot's having been investigated for bribery, fraud and breach of trust 12 years ago.