Justice Ministry unit probing whether police negligence caused stampede

The Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department will immediately open a probe into possible police negligence in the fatal stampede in Meron, the attorney general announces.

Investigators have already been sent to Meron to gather evidence.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, in a statement, says “it was decided that PIID will immediately examine whether there are suspicions of criminality by police in the tragedy in Meron.”

But the attorney general says that at this stage, testimony won’t be taken from police officers who were present at the scene.

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