Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein turned to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Wednesday and demanded that he conclude the examination of a secret Israel Police dossier which reportedly details evidence regarding alleged offenses committed by Knesset members.
In his letter to the Attorney General, Edelstein said: ”On June 22, 2016 a meeting was held in my office with the Police Commissioner and the head of the Police Investigations and Intelligence Department regarding the police document that was prepared in 2014 and which concentrates criminal and intelligence information on Knesset members who served at the time. During the meeting I noted the sensitivity (of the matter) and the problematic situation that was created due to the fact that the existence of such a document had been leaked, because it allegedly casts a cloud over all Knesset members, and creates a feeling amongst the public as if dozens of Knesset members are suspected of criminal acts.”
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(Meeting at the Knesset between Speaker Yuli-Yoel and Police Chief Roni Alsheikh)
”I also stressed the importance of publishing an official clarification as soon as possible, to the public and the Knesset members, regarding the list from 2014 and its relevancy, as much as it remains relevant today, so that on the one hand the public will be able to rest assured that Israel Police is doing its job faithfully and is investigating Knesset members when necessary, while on the other hand Knesset members will be certain that police are not holding information against them which could be revealed at some point down the line and hurt their work or chances of obtaining a certain position,” the letter read.
”In response to my comments, the police commissioner said they were aware of the sensitivity (of the matter) and the harm caused to Knesset members and the Knesset by the reports, and that the list had been transferred for your examination so that an official clarification regarding this list could be released soon,” Speaker Edelstein told Mandelblit.
In the letter, Edelstein stressed the urgency of concluding the examination and releasing the clarification ”in order to minimize the damage caused by the continued reports about the list and by leaving them in the public and media space without a clarification or official statement from the authorized elements.”