'Personal errors at fault in Ramon case'

Police respond to state comptroller report, defend use of wiretaps.

traffic cop 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
traffic cop 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Responding to state comptroller's report on the handling of the Haim Ramon case, the Israel Police said on Monday that the state comptroller has acknowledged how police have worked to regulate electronic eavesdropping in criminal investigations to the state's satisfaction.
Police also stressed the comptroller's conclusion that the personal failures of police officials were at fault for the shortcomings in handling of the Ramon wiretap evidence, and not organizational problems in the use of wiretapping.
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"This would be the time to stress that one cannot exclude eavesdropping from the success in the war on organized crime and gangs of property and car thieves," police added.
"Eavesdropping is one of the most controlled processes in the Israel Police, and is monitored in monthly reports submitted to the Attorney General," police said. Reports on eavesdropping activities were submitted annually to the Knesset, the statement continued.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Ahronovitch described the report as "serious and in-depth." He backed the police's use of eavesdropping, saying that it was "important that police continues to act without fear and limitations in every way possible against crime."
"Some of the errors highlighted in the State Comptroller's have been fixed, and the remainder will be fixed quickly," Ahronovitch said.