The Minister of Internal Security, Amir Ohana, this evening (Saturday evening) visited the elderly Yosef Fleishman, who was hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Hospital after being abandoned in the middle of the night on the street by Israeli police officers.
The minister was accompanied by the head of the ultra-Orthodox society’s affairs team (Retired) Arik Yekuel.
“I expressed to Yosef my deep sorrow at what had happened. I sent him on behalf of many citizens who appealed to me a strengthening hug and good health wishes. The Israel Police will investigate the incident and draw lessons from it to reduce the recurrence of such cases,” said Minister Ohana.
The Jerusalem District Commander informed Deputy Minister Meir Porush that he had appointed an investigating officer to investigate the incident.
On Thursday morning, police raided Fleischman’s house in the Beit Israel neighborhood of Jerusalem, entered it and arrested him. Apparently it was a mistake in identification and after a few hours he was released in the Jerusalem cold.
He was declared missing and only after 15 hours was he found lying in the woods and rushed to the hospital with cold sores.
The Israel Police said, “Following a complaint received by the police about threats, the police officers arrived at the address given to them by the complainant. There they met a person who refused to identify himself as required, so they had to detain him and refused to cooperate.”
After identification operations carried out at the police station, it became clear that this was not a suspect needed for investigation for the threats, so the man was released immediately. Later in the day, a report was received that the man was missing and the police began carrying out a variety of operations until he was located. In addition to the aforesaid, we intend to investigate the case and, if necessary, the necessary lessons will be learned accordingly. “