Comptroller to Audit President's Office

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli state comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss said he will conduct an administrative investigation of the president's residence.

The comptroller's announcement followed protests by President Shimon Peres who claimed an Israeli law entitled, Basic Law: President of the State, is designed to protect him from "any court or tribunal."

Lindenstrauss cited Section 2 of that law, which authorizes the state comptroller "to audit the economy, the property, the finances, the obligations and administration of the state, of government offices, of all enterprises, institutions or corporations of the state, of local authorities and of the other bodies or institutions made subject by law to the audit of the state comptroller."

"It is inconceivable that a political body would refuse inspection," Lindenstrauss said, advising the Knesset to respond to Peres' objections. "I cannot believe this can happen in Israel, and I will not give up," he promised.

The president doesn't plan to give up either.

On Wednesday, his office released a statement contending that an audit of Beit Hanassi (the president's official residence) would contravene two laws: the Basic Law: President of the State and the Basic Law: The State Comptroller.

Whether Lindenstrauss will follow through on his intentions to audit the president's residence remains to be seen.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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