Attorney Uziz, representing the suspect
Photo: Eli Senyor

Criminals suspected of stealing defense info

Haifa man arrested in suspicion he holds classified material taken from safe used by provider of polygraph services to security establishment

While the security establishment continues its efforts to locate the classified material that Anat Kam leaked, it now faces a similar affair: Thieves have broken into a safe that included secret military documents and stole the material, and security sources are concerned it may end up in criminal hands.


At first the affair had a criminal character, when a group of criminals suspicious of one of their number demanded a polygraph test in a private office in the north. During the test, the criminals saw a safe on the premises, and decided to come back, assuming it contained significant sums of money.


However, the same office supplies services to the security establishment, and has done polygraph tests on its contacts working in Israel and abroad. The thieves succeeded in returning and making off with the safe.


When the theft was discovered, the security establishment started an urgent and concerted investigation which led to the recovery of some of the documents. However, there are fears that the rest of the material, and perhaps copies of the material that was returned, was passed on to criminal elements.


In the course of the investigation, police arrested a Haifa resident with a criminal past, on suspicion that he is holding some of the stolen documents. Petah Tikva's Magistrate's Court extended his detention by four days.


His lawyer, Att. Avi Uziz, denied the allegations against his client and said he had no secret material. He even expressed his willingness to undergo a polygraph test.


Meanwhile, the police continue their efforts to trace the missing documents.


פרסום ראשון: 06.01.10, 17:56
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