Mazuz to open criminal probe against senior cops

Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz announced on Monday his intention to open a criminal investigation against Asst.- Cmdr. Yoram Levy and Ch.-Insp. Reuven Gilboa for their alleged involvement in a shady deal nearly ten years ago with the underworld's Perinian family. Mazuz made the announcement during a meeting with Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann following the release of the Zeiler Commission report on Sunday, which led to, among other things, the resignation of Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi. The report included an explicit recommendation to investigate the so-called "Batteries Affair," which occurred in 1998, when gas mask batteries were stolen from an IDF warehouse while the country was under threat of Iraqi bombardment. Gilboa allegedly found a way to get the batteries back "for a fee" from a source who turned out to be Oded Perinian, a brother in the southern crime family. Mazuz and Friedmann also agreed at the meeting that the attorney-general would immediately set up a team to implement the Zeiler recommendations applicable to the Police Investigative Department and the state prosecutor. Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report.