The Police Investigations Department (PID) forced Dep. -Cmdr. Asher Ben-Artzi, head of the Israel Police Interpol and Foreign Liaison Section, to take leave while allegations against him are being examined. Ben-Artzi is suspected of using his professional ties with the American Consulate in order to assist criminal bodies in gaining visas to the US. He is also suspected of receiving bribes in the form of antiques. Police refused to release further details since the investigation was still in its preliminary stages.