Controversial Likud lawmaker Oren Hazan is set to be indicted on assault charges dating back three years, after he waived his parliamentary immunity.
Hazan will be charged in the coming days, according to Hebrew media reports, on suspicion of assaulting the mayor of Ariel in the West Bank in 2014, before he entered Knesset, in an apparent dispute over a debt.
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit informed Hazan in September of the impending indictment for assaulting a civil servant and a misdemeanor in a public space, and gave him 30 days to request parliamentary immunity.
According to the indictment, Hazan’s mother had her bank account frozen for failing to pay property taxes for eight years on a restaurant owned by the family in Ariel.
Hazan allegedly went to the municipality to find the person responsible for freezing the account.
He then allegedly shouted and cursed the mayor, Eliyahu Shaviro, grabbed him and shoved him into a railing. The mayor tried to get away and enter a conference room, but Hazan followed him, closed the door behind him, and said, “No one is leaving here,” the indictment said. Hazan also allegedly cursed him, refused to leave his office, and told him he would “take care of him” and make sure he did not remain in office.
Hazan’s lawyers said in September that they were disappointed by the indictment, and felt the case should have been dropped.
“We received with pain, disappointment, and even amazement the attorney general’s decision to indict MK Hazan for a spat… that happened many years ago, long before his election to the Knesset,” his lawyers said. “We had thought that the case would be shelved… since it had gone untouched for so long.”
Both sides filed a complaint, but after Hazan won a Knesset seat in the March 2015 elections, the case was transferred from the Samaria police department to the Lahav 433 National Crime Unit, and police required approval by the attorney general to proceed with the investigation.
Mandelblit’s predecessor, Yehuda Weinstein, gave police the go-ahead in June 2015 after a series of allegations were made against Hazan over his behavior before he entered the Knesset.
In September 2015, police said that an investigation found there was an “evidential basis” supporting allegations that Hazan had assaulted a civil servant and conducted a misdemeanor in a public space.