The civilian, whose name hasn’t been made public, went as far as to ensure the camera focuses not only on the street facing the house but on the entrance and the front yard of Argaman’s home as well.
The camera recorded everything without interruptions for a number of days before being discovered by the department.
The civilian who installed the device was summoned for questioning by the Lahav 433 Unit, where he claimed the camera wasn’t installed in an effort to harm the security of the state, but rather as a civilian service he provided for a private client.
The civilian was not questioned under warning, is not suspected of anything and no restrictions were placed on him. However, he was warned not to inform anyone of his police questioning. His request to get the camera back was refused.
More than a week later, the client who paid to have the CCTV camera installed was contacted and warned by a Lahav 433 investigator, but at no point was the person required to submit to police questioning.
A Yedioth Ahronoth investigation found that the surveillance camera was indeed not connected to Argaman's professional activities, and the Shin Bet knew who was behind it from the outset. At no point did security services suspect that the camera was installed hostile elements.
The Shin Bet declined to make an official statement on the matter, while the police said they have no intention of “addressing the issue.”