Mandatory leave for Rittman extended

The mandatory leave for top cop Maj. Gen. Roni Rittman, who was accused of two instances of sexual harassment, will be extended by four days, police say.

Rittman, 51, who was accused kissing a subordinate against her will five years ago, has denied the allegations against him and said that a senior officer in the Israel Police’s intelligence was framing him.

Roni Rittman (R ) August 31, 2014. (Flash90)
Roni Rittman (R ) August 31, 2014. (Flash90)

Two female police officers testified against Rittman.

Rittman has held the position of the head of the Lahav 433 unit since August 2014, making him one of the highest-ranking officers in the Israel Police. The unit has been involved in some of Israel’s most sensitive cases, including a corruption scandal populated by politicians in the Yisrael Beytenu party. The former head of the anti-corruption unit, Menashe Arviv, stepped down in 2014 over corruption allegations.

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