After outrage, questioning nixed for reporter over interview with cop involved in settler’s death

The Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department (PIID) cancels the summoning of journalist Kalman Libeskind for questioning over the alleged “disruption” of the investigation into a settler teen’s death, following outrage from journalists and press freedom activists.

The PIID summoned Libeskind after the prominent columnist for the Maariv daily last week published a detailed version of events by one of the police officers who were in the car that collided with the vehicle in which Ahuvia Sandak and his friends were driving, causing it to flip and resulting in Sandak’s death.

Sandak and his extremist friends had been suspected of throwing rocks at Palestinians. The unnamed officer related to Libeskind the entire events of that day seen through his eyes, including that the car driven by the settlers had been driving dangerously, which caused the accident.

Hours after the PIID summoned Libeskind, after countless journalists and groups slammed the move, the Justice Ministry says he wasn’t summoned as a suspect but only to “clarify a specific matter” that arose during the investigation, but that a new development made his testimony unnecessary.

The officer himself was questioned for disrupting the investigation by talking to the media, and was then released under restrictions, the statement says.

The Haaretz daily says Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit only heard about the decision to summon Libeskind through the media, and that he intervened in the case to cancel the summons.