A-G to Open Criminal Probe of Ashkenazi

YERUSHALAYIM -

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein announced that he is opening a military criminal investigation into former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and his former top aide Col. (res.) Erez Weiner for conduct unbecoming under military law, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The investigation will be carried out by military police. At this stage, there are no plans for an investigation under civilian criminal law.

In the Justice Ministry’s announcement, no mention was made of an investigation into Defense Minister Ehud Barak, despite the fact that he was also the subject of severe criticism for his role in the affair. Barak could not be the focus of a military criminal investigation since he was serving in a civilian capacity.

On Tuesday night, Ashkenazi called on the attorney-general to investigate Barak as well. It is unacceptable that there are documents, recordings, and investigation conducted only on one side of the affair, Ashkenazi was quoted by Israel Radio as saying.

The Harpaz affair was an attempt by Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz to discredit Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant during the process to nominate a successor to Ashkenazi.