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Police chief denies accusations he nixed officer’s promotion over Meron rumors

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai appears at the Knesset on September 13, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai appears at the Knesset on September 13, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai denies accusations that police officials would be punished following whistleblower attempts.

Earlier today, Shimon Nachmani, the head of the police Operations Division, told a state commission of inquiry into last year’s deadly Meron disaster that he believed his promotion within the force had been nixed, due to allegations he had leaked materials to the commission.

In a letter to police officers, Shabtai says the claims that police would make decisions “based on rumors that an officer has any intention to give information to the commission have no basis whatsoever.”

“I want to emphasize that all procedures in the police are done with full transparency and on the basis of professional considerations only,” writes Shabtai.

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