Senior police officer investigated for corruption

Head of police Human Resources Division under investigation for irregularities regarding payments for official police events.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Gila Gaziel
Gila Gaziel
Miriam Alster/Flash 90

The head of the police's human resources department is being probed by the Police Investigation Unit (PID) on suspicions of breach of trust.

Major General Gila Gaziel is suspected of being behind irregularities concerning payments to contractors who were contracted to organize official police events between 2014 and 2015.

Gaziel said through her attorney that she "completely rejects the suspicions against her. From the first moment, I cooperated fully to enable the PID to investigate the suspicions until it was completely taken care of as soon as possible, and I am certain that within a short time, DIP will reach the conclusion that there was nothing wrong with it".

The Israel Police said that Raziel "is an officer who contributed a great deal over the years, and it is appropriate to wait for the completion of the procedure or at least to clarify the details".

A slew of senior police officers have been interrogated in recent years for a diverse range of offenses ranging from bribery to sexual assault. Earlier this week, former head of the elite Lahav 433 investigative unit Menashe Arbiv was sentenced to four months in prison for failing to report attempts by controversial Rabbi Pinto to bribe him.

Arbiv was also suspected of receiving illicit benefits for years from Rabbi Yoshiahu Pinto in exchange for information about a police investigation into Pinto's charity.