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The Department of Police Investigations closed the complaint against Corporal Ayelet Orenstein and Chief Ofir Zilberstein, two Lahav 433 investigators who were suspected of soliciting a witness to break into the computers of the company she worked for - this is what Lavala learned today (Monday).
The researchers' demand was made as part of an investigation that was conducted by the unit in 2015 against Dror Sonnenshein, a professional consultant for tenders based in the city of Habadim in the south, and who is suspected of taking bribes from suppliers who participated in the various tenders, in order to ensure that those suppliers win the tenders. It should be emphasized that the case against him has been closed. As part of the
investigation , A. S., a former employee of Sonnenshein's company, was asked to break into her former employer's e-mail box and extract from there details that could help the police in the investigation.
This, while she is fired from the company and when she does not have permissions to enter the email box.
Not only that, the pair of researchers did not have a court order that allowed the penetration of the email.
In anticipation of the intrusion into the e-mail, attorney Gil Dohuh and attorney Galit Rotenberg, who represent Sonnenshein, turned to the police investigation department, where they decided to transfer the case to the police's public complaints unit, which determined that the person who should handle the complaint is the police department. After the case He returned to the police department again and a year later from the day the complaint was filed, the department decided to close the case on the grounds that the request to access Sonnenschein's e-mail box was at most "reason for a defect" in the professional aspect and did not constitute a criminal offense.
The Training Kiryat named after Major General Ariel Sharon, the city of the Behadim (photo: IDF spokesperson)
In the action report written by Sergeant Major Zilberstein, the investigator who asked the CSO to access the email, it is written that "as part of her work at Dror Sonnenshein, she had access with permission to four e-mail boxes belonging to Dror and his business. I asked her if she still had access to the email box of Zonenshin and she replied that she thought so. During her confession to the police, she said that she logged into Dror's email and saved about 50 email messages in her Gmail account."
In the investigation at the MoH, Zilberstein claimed that the one who interrogated AS and the one who directed him to ask her to break into Sonnetsin's email was the second investigator - R.A. Ornstein, who, according to him, did so in cooperation with the prosecutor's office. In her investigation, R.A. Orenstein claimed that she intervened At a late stage of the investigation, after Major General Silberstein gave the instructions to hack into Sonnenschein's e-mail box. According to her, she even ordered Major General Silberstein to stop the illegal actions he had performed.
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The two also claimed that if they had not illegally hacked Sonnenschein's email, the police would not have opened an investigation against him at all, an investigation that, as mentioned, ended in nothing.
In response, Sonnenshein's lawyers filed an appeal with the National Prosecutor's Office and the Appeals Department of the State Attorney's Office so that they would reopen the case.
The Department of Police Investigations and the Appeals Department of the State Attorney's Office stated in response: A criminal investigation against him in 2015. When the facts allegedly became known to the complainant in 2020, he filed a complaint.
After a comprehensive investigation, including the collection of evidence from the police officers involved, no evidentiary foundation was found for the commission of a criminal offense by the police officer.
Along with this, it was decided to transfer the case to the examination of the police disciplinary department regarding the manner of documenting the search and examination of the complainant's computer.
The submitted appeal will be considered acceptable."
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