Thursday, October 27, the Prosecutor’s office of the tel Aviv district filed charges against the Colonel Boaz Arpasu, the main defendant in the so-called «Abaza».
In the indictment he was charged with obtaining illegal profit with aggravating circumstances, counterfeiting with a view to profit by fraud with aggravating circumstances, use of forged document and interfering with the course of the investigation.
According to the indictment, Boaz Harpaz, who was a close friend of the former chief of the General staff of the IDF Gabi Ashkenazi tried to obstruct the appointment of major General Yoav GALANT, the head of the General staff after the completion of the tenure of Ashkenazi. This occurred against the background of tensions in relations between Ashkenazi and then defense Minister Ehud Barak. The GALANT was a candidate of Barack and ARPAs knew that Ashkenazi unhappy with this proposal.
According to the indictment, Boaz Harpaz fabricated a document in which it was claimed that the major-General GALANT has prepared a special plan to obtain the coveted position. Boaz Harpaz first admitted that he fabricated the document, but then recanted his testimony. Began a long investigation.
During the investigation, the suspect in respect of Gabi Ashkenazi and his personal assistant Erez Winer and former head of the press service of the IDF AVI Benayahu. They were suspected in a series of illegal acts, the essence of which, according to the police, was to gather dirt on defense Minister and his entourage. The investigating authorities also came to the conclusion that Gabi Ashkenazi was familiar with the document Abaza, however, not informed about it, neither the police nor the legal Council.
Police encouraged to prosecute Gabi Ashkenazi, AVI Benayahu and Erez Wiener, however, the former legal Advisor to the government Yehuda Weinstein decided to close the case against all three, and the only defendants in this case left Boaz Harpaz.
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