State May Prosecute Civil Servants

The state may take legal action against a number of civil servants as a result of irregularities exposed in the lastest comptroller’s report.

State Comptroller Miriam Ben-Porat, a former member of the High Court of Justice, has passed on material to the attorney general in six cases cited in her annual report on government agencies released last month. She recommended legal action in those cases.

It was the second batch of such material turned over to the state prosecutor since the report was made public April 27.

The Justice Ministry has refused to specify the nature of the cases, but it is believed that most of them involve the Housing Ministry, headed by Ariel Sharon, and state-owned companies doing business with it.

Ben-Porat’s report contained allegations of corruption, poor administration and professional incompetence at the ministry, which Sharon has denied.

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