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Erdan’s Test

19 0 12

A prime minister suspected of corruption offenses, some of which are the subject of active criminal investigations, must not be involved in appointing the next police commissioner in any way. Otherwise, the situation might deteriorate into a new version of the 1997 Bar-On-Hebron affair.

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit was right, therefore, to advise Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan that, when he begins consultations on the search and selection process for the next police chief, he must turn to the attorney general for guidance to prevent ministerial conflicts of interest.

The conflict of interest rules are very clear in this regard: Suspects do not select the officials in charge of their own investigators. The High Court of Justice was asked to rule on this issue in the past, when a criminal........

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