4/20/2005 - The NEW IMMIGRATION....like the OLD IMMIGRATION....selling passports to your enemies...and friends...
- 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 Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court remanded him in custody for six days
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
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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