Police to recommend criminal probe of Jewish Home MK on sexual harassment claims
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Police to recommend criminal probe of Jewish Home MK on sexual harassment claims

Source say enough evidence accumulated for formal investigation of Nissan Slomiansky

Jewish Home MK Nissam Slomiansky seen during a vote on the so-called Regulation Bill, a controversial bill that seeks to legitimize illegal West Bank outposts, in the Israeli parliament on December 7, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Jewish Home MK Nissam Slomiansky seen during a vote on the so-called Regulation Bill, a controversial bill that seeks to legitimize illegal West Bank outposts, in the Israeli parliament on December 7, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police are set to recommend a formal criminal investigation into Jewish Home MK Nissan Slomiansky over multiple accusations of sexual harassment, Walla news reported Friday.

Sources in the police told the news site that officials feel they have gathered enough evidence in the case to warrant the launch of an official probe.

The investigation of a sitting Knesset member must be approved by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.

Slomiansky was named as a suspect in December, after weeks of rumors spawned by a Facebook post alleging multiple complaints of sexual harassment by a Jewish Home MK. In his initial response, Slomiansky denied “ever assaulting women,” and said his “well-known loving nature may have been misinterpreted.”

Slomiansky later said he felt “great sorrow that any of my actions may have been interpreted differently from my intent and had I known so, I would have personally apologized.”

After the allegation came to light the MK suspended himself from the chairmanship of the Knesset Law, Justice and Constitution Committee.

He has refused to resign from the Knesset, however, despite calls to do so from Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and a number of other lawmakers from both the coalition and opposition.

Raoul Wootliff contributed to this report.

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