News Brief 11/11/2001, Cheshvan 25, 5762
Soldier?s Family File Suit Against Dr. Yehuda Hiss
(IsraelNationalNews.com) Dr. Chaim and Dina Buzgallo, the parents of soldier Ze’ev Buzgallo who was killed in a Golan Heights military training accident, are filing a petition with the High Court of Justice calling for the immediate suspension of Dr. Yehuda Hiss and that criminal charges be filed against him. Hiss serves as the director of the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.
Ze’ev was killed in an IDF training accident on April 15, 1997. Following his death, his body was sent to the forensic institute. According to the parents, the body of their son was used for medical experimentation without their consent, experiments authorized by Hiss.
An official complaint was filed at the time with the IDF leading to a three-month investigation that involved Israel Police. The investigation led to a recommendation that criminal charges be filed against Hiss. An criminal indictment has yet to be handed down in the case.
Following the publication of the recent Yediot Achronot investigation into alleged wrongdoing at Abu Kabir, pointing to the very same alleged actions by Hiss, the Health Ministry launched its own investigation that has led to Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein ordering a police investigation against Hiss at this time. Hiss services as the nation’s chief medical examiner.
Attorney Nitzan Darshan-Leitner, who is representing the parents of the soldier, is calling on the court to order the immediate handing down of a criminal indictment against Hiss based on the former case, unrelated to the findings of police in this latest case.
Darshan-Leitner also represented the Sinclair Family of Scotland against Abu Kabir. In 1998, the Sinclairs charged that Hiss removed the heart and other body parts from their brother Alexander’s body, using them for commercial purposes. In that case, a settlement was reached by which the forensic institute made a compensatory payment to the family.