The Supreme Court ordered, Tuesday, that respondents reply within 30 days to a petition filed, Monday, by the Ometz movement, demanding that the Attorney General's Office and the State Comptroller's Office explain why a criminal investigation has not been opened into intrigues surrounding the selection of the 20th chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces. Ometz claims that any delay in a police investigation may block the chances of the truth ever coming to light.
Among those who must respond is reserves officer Boaz Harpaz, who forged a document, discovered in August 2010, which purported to advise General Yoav Galant to use smear tactics in his campaign for the position. Also ordered to respond are Defense Minister Ehud Barak, his former office chief Yoni Koren and former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, as well as Colonel Erez Wiener, who was Ashkenazi's office chief. Wiener is responding to comments in the State Comptroller's report on the case.