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‘I will not be a scapegoat’: Prisons head said to reject calls to resign

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Israel Prisons Service Commissioner Katy Perry has reportedly said she will not resign over the escape of six Palestinian security prisoners earlier this month from the high-security Gilboa Prison, placing blame on the head of the facility, other governmental bodies, and “years of neglect.”

Perry, who took office as head of Israel’s 30 prison facilities in January, has faced a wave of scrutiny since the incident, one of the worst jailbreaks in Israeli history.

Perry has resisted calls to resign since the prison break, and insisted she will stay in her position to “serve the State of Israel and its citizens.” So far, she has largely received the backing of government figures and other prison officials. Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said last week that he sees no reason that Perry should not remain in her position while a state commission of inquiry investigations the Gilboa Prison jailbreak.

According to her close associates quoted by the Kan public broadcaster Thursday night, Perry said she was “going to [the state commission of inquiry] with great confidence… I will not be a scapegoat for decades of neglect.”

She reportedly said it was “illogical and unfair” for her to resign.

Channel 12 and 13 carried similar quotes.

According to the sources, Perry places primary blame with Gilboa Prison commander Freddy Ben Shitrit, who directly oversaw the litany of........

© The Times of Israel

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