Genot: Petitions describe me unfairly

Says he has already paid heavy price for the indictment against him in 1994.

Genot 298.88 AJ (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Genot 298.88 AJ
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Ya'acov Genot told the High Court of Justice on Friday that the petitions against his appointment as chief of police do not present a fair picture of him and that he had already paid a heavy price for the indictment against him in 1994. The court was due on Sunday morning to hear petitions filed by Ometz, the Legal Forum of the Land of Israel and the Movement for Quality Government against Genot's appointment. "Over the years I was involved in the legal procedures in the district court and the Supreme Court, I was suspended from my job in the police," he wrote in a brief submitted to the court. "Since then, throughout the years, there has not been a single complaint about my conduct. On the contrary, I have won much praise for my many actions." Ometz submitted the first petition against Genot, immediately after Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter announced that he was his candidate to replace Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi, who resigned after publication of the Zeiler Commission report. The Legal Forum of the Land of Israel petitioned primarily against the decision of former Supreme Court justice Ya'acov Turkel, now head of an advisory committee that considers appointments of senior civil servants, to wait for the court to rule on the petitions against Genot before examining his nomination. The Movement for Quality Government also said in its petition that Genot was unworthy of the appointment. In its response to the petitions, the state wrote that they were premature and that such petitions should not be considered by the court until after the Turkel Committee submits its findings to Dichter and Dichter decides to submit Genot's nomination to the cabinet.