Police Chief Karadi resigns

Monday, February 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter announced his plans to appoint Israel Prison Service Head Yaakov Ganot (r.) as the next police chief following Moshe Karadi's (l.) resignation.

Karadi announced his decision after the release of the Zeiler Commission report, which claimed his department failed to thoroughly investigate the 1999 murder involving a suspected ring leader in organized crime.

Karadi backed one officer who attempted to cover up the case. The officer fled the country and was later killed. Karadi denied these charges, but said he would step down to avoid a “witch hunt” against the police.

The police chief’s resignation follows a series of public scandals and controversies involving Israel's government leaders, including rape allegations against President Moshe Katsav and a probe into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s role in influencing a bank sale.

Attorney General Menahem Mazuz criticized the appointment of Ganot who has a history of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, adding to the list of his predecessors. Even though Ganot was acquitted of these accusations, Mazuz said, “the State Prosecutor at the time, Edna Arbel, sought to discharge Ganot, who was serving as the northern district commander.”

The government has yet to set a date for when Ganot will take office.

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