A-G closes case against former IDF chief

Gabi Ashkenazi left off the hook for 2010 IDF scandal known as 'Harpaz affair'; Boaz Harpaz indicted for forging a document.

Cynthia Blank ,

Gabi Ashkenazi
Gabi Ashkenazi
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Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced Wednesday that no charges would be filed against former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi for his role in the so-called "Harpaz affair."

Ashkenazi had been suspected of obstruction of justice, but Weinstein said he was closing the six-year-old case due to lack of evidence. 

The Attorney General also chose to close probes into Brigadier General Avi Benayahu, a former IDF spokesman, and Colonel Erez Weiner, a former aide to Ashkenazi. 

Only Lt. Colonel (res.) Boaz Harpaz will be indicted for his role in the case, namely forging a document in a back-handed effort to quash the nomination of Major General Yoav Galant as IDF chief. 

The forged letter was filled with ways the defense establishment could build up then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak's candidate Galant while simultaneously discrediting Ashkenazi and Benny Gantz. 

Ashkenazi was later accused of participating in the placing of the Harpaz letter, which seemingly showed how Barak and his top aides were acting inappropriately in their attempts to advance Galant's candidacy. 

Despite closing the cases, in a long public statement issued on Wednesday, the Attorney General sharply criticizing all those involved, especially Ashkenazi, accusing him of also collecting material against Barak. 



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