Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is calling for a criminal investigation into the apparent collusion between the judge and the Israel Securities Authority prosecutor in Case 4000. On Sunday, Israel’s Channel 10 revealed that the two discussed and coordinated remand periods for suspects involved in the case.
Gilad Erdan Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS
On Monday, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called for a criminal investigation into the collusion uncovered in Case 4000. Yesterday, WhatsApp messages between Israel Securities Authority investigator Eran Shacham-Shavit and Judge Ronit Poznansky-Katz, obtained by Channel 10 News, revealed that the two discussed and coordinated remand periods for suspects in the high-profile case.
“We are being exposed to the fact here that the judge determined her position in advance and coordinated it with the prosecution representative,” Erdan said. “In my opinion, this is a criminal offense and I hope that they [police] will consider launching a criminal investigation here, aside from the disciplinary proceedings.”
The judge and the prosecutor were immediately removed from the case after the leak and Case 4000 may now need to be completely re-reviewed due to the negligence of the court. “It is good that the response was immediate,” Erdan said. “It is good that they were immediately suspended from their posts, and I think it is clear to all of us that their careers in the judicial system are over.”
Other Knesset members have denounced the collusion. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted that “we cannot let the public lose trust in the judicial system.” Zionist Union leader Avi Gabbay tweeted, “The place of a judge who coordinates arrests with the prosecutor is not in court. The president of the Supreme Court did well by handling it with severity.”