Brig. Gen. Ofek Buchris
Brig. Gen. Ofek Buchris Flash90

IDF General Ofek Buchris, who was indicted today for serious sex crimes, held a news conference outside his home in northern Israel, where he asserted that the accusations against him are baseless.

"I was shocked to hear of the indictment," Buchris said. "All will become clear in court. Anybody who looks at the investigative materials can see that the accusations are baseless[...] the truth will come to light. I thank all my friends and supporters who are with us all along the way."

The IDF prosecution earlier indicted Buchris for rape and sodomy. The prosecution announced that the decision to indict Buchris, a highly-decorated officer, was made with a heavy heart.

"In the course of an extensive investigation, evidence was found that would indicate that Buchris committed severe sex offenses against a female minor soldier, and a female officer, during the period they served under his command as Commander of the Golani Brigade. In this context it was decided to press charges," the military prosecution said.

The decision for an indictment was made after the prosecution was convinced that the two female claimants did not have any ulterior motive.

The investigation led, at first, to a delay in Buchris' appointment to the position of Chief Operations Officer, and several weeks later his appointment to the position was cancelled altogether. Those close to Buchris have asserted since the beginning of the saga that a plot is afoot against Buchris. In addition, female soldiers who served under Buchris in the past have said that Buchris was never known to engage in sexual harassment.

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