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Police Question Silvan Shalom for Two Hours Over Sex Allegations

The Attorney General is expected to close the file, but experts say the wording he uses is crucial.
By Shlomo Pitrikovsky, Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/25/2014, 1:54 PM

Minister Silvan Shalom
Minister Silvan Shalom
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Minister of National Infrastructures, Silvan Shalom, was questioned Tuesday at the police's Lahav 433 Unit in Lod, where he gave his version regarding a complaint of sexual harassment lodged against him by a former secretary.

The minister was shown the former employee's version of events and asked for his reaction. She claimed that he sexually harassed her 15 years ago, in a hotel room.

It is unlikely that a criminal investigation will be launched, since the statute of limitations has long expired regarding any events that took place 15 years ago.

However, the wording that the Attorney General uses in his arguments for closing the file will have great significance for Shalom, according to experts. Shalom seeks to run for President, but if the wording leaves doubt regarding Shalom's innocence, his path to the presidency may be blocked.

Likud activist Uri Jan, who is close to Shalom, told IDF Radio Tuesday that political rivals are trying to eliminate Shalom politically. “This is political persecution to torpedo his run for the presidency,” he said. “It is a false story, I am one million percent sure.”