Rape suspect officer's name revealed

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erez efrati 248.88 (photo credit: Channel 10)
erez efrati 248.88
(photo credit: Channel 10)
A Tel Aviv Magistrate ended a media gag order on Wednesday that prohibited the publication of the name and image of the bodyguard of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Askenazi, who is suspected of attempting to rape a woman in Tel Aviv's port area last week. The suspect has been named as Capt. Erez Efrati, aged 30, of the village of Batzra in the Sharon district. Efrati is a member of the IDF's elite personal security unit. In the coming days, he will be served with an indictment by state prosecutors containing charges of attempted rape and the attempted sodomizing of a woman after leaving a strip club in which he celebrated his own bachelor's party. Police had reduced initial charge of sodomizing a victim to attempted sodomizing earlier this week. Last week, forensic DNA lab tests concluded that Efrati's semen was recovered from the crime scene. During a remand hearing held for Efrat last week, Judge Avihai Doron said firm evidence exists to link the IDF captain to the sexual assault, and cited an eye witness to the incident. Efrati continues to deny all charges. He and his fiance have called off their wedding, but she continues to claim her husband's innocence.