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4/20/2005 - The NEW IMMIGRATION....like the OLD IMMIGRATION....selling passports to your enemies...and friends...

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    Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 19:47:51 +0100 From: Karim A G Subject: Israeli consul to The Hague arrested for selling passports
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      Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 19:47:51 +0100
         From: "Karim A G" <coffee@...>
      Subject: Israeli consul to The Hague arrested for selling passports


      Israeli consul to The Hague arrested for selling passports

      Israel's consul general to The Hague Uriel Yitzhaki facing the press at
      his remand hearing on Wednesday. (Nir Keidar)

      By Roni Singer <mailto:ronis@...> , Haaretz Correspondent,
      Service and News Agencies

      Israel's consul general to The Hague was arrested Tuesday evening as he
      arrived in Israel for a visit on suspicion of accepting bribes.

      Officers from Israel Police's International Crimes Unit were waiting
      for Uriel Yitzhaki as he arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport from
      the Netherlands.

      The Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court remanded him in custody for six days
      on Wednesday.

      The arrest was the culmination of an extensive investigation into
      allegations that Yitzhaki, 56, accepted cash and perks in exchange for
      issuing Israeli passports to people who were not entitled to them.

      Details of the investigation were released for publication on
      Wednesday. A police statement said Yitzhaki had been arrested on suspicion of
      "accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust."

      The investigation, codenamed "The Flying Dutchman," began in July 2004
      when a woman working with Yitzhaki complained that he had tried to use his
      senior position to force her to have sexual relations with him, Israel Radio

      Police detectives have collected evidence apparently showing that
      had issued some 150 Israeli passports to people who were not entitled
      them in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars and perks such as
      stays in
      luxury hotels. The investigation was also a joint effort by the Foreign
      Ministry and Justice Ministry.

      Police are also checking whether Yitzhaki sold Israeli passports during
      previous postings to New York, Vienna, Nairobi and Singapore.

      Yitzhaki appeared surprised when he was approached by plainclothes
      detectives at the airport and informed he was under arrest, said
      Shai, head of the International Crimes Unit.

      Shai told Army Radio that undercover officers investigated Yitzhaki in
      Hague, and that his home in the Netherlands was searched as part of the
      probe. The consulate building in The Hague was also searched, and

      "We entered the picture ... in July 2004, when we received initial
      information from the Foreign Ministry about suspicions that this consul
      issued passports not in keeping with consular norms and Israeli law,"

      "This was the beginning of an undercover operation that lasted several
      months, that involved other police forces, including the Dutch one."

      The Foreign Ministry has so far refused to comment on the case.

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