Friday, February 11, 2005

Israel confirms: will send new ambassador to Australia despite the fact he is wanted in Brazil for involvement in Child Porn ring


At 9:48 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

New story:


At 10:03 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

the new ambassador's scrotum should be dipped in honey,and a pack hungry rats should naw it off,but first Woojee Woojee

At 12:35 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Sex scandal past haunts new envoy
By Ed O'Loughlin in Jerusalem, Jonathan Pearlman and Cynthia Banham
February 12, 2005

The strange case of the disappearing diplomat
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has rejected as "terribly exaggerated" an Israeli newspaper article claiming the newly appointed consul in Canberra, Arie Scher, had to leave Brazil five years ago after being implicated in a sex scandal.

Mr Scher has been flagged as the replacement for Amir Laty, the former Israeli consul to Australia who was expelled amid extreme secrecy from Australia about a month ago.

The Federal Government has refused to explain why Mr Laty, who was only 18 months into his posting, was asked to leave under the threat of deportation.

Claims have emerged that Mr Laty's expulsion was related to espionage, as well as personal "indiscretions". But an Israeli Foreign Ministry investigation has reportedly cleared him of inappropriate behaviour.

Mr Scher's choice as Mr Laty's replacement is certain to spark controversy. According to a report in the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv, Mr Scher abandoned his posting in Brazil five years ago after being implicated in a sex scandal and before police were able to question him.

Israel and Brazil do not have an extradition treaty but the Brazilian Government asked the Israeli Government to take proceedings against Mr Scher.

Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Relations delivered a formal request to Israel's Foreign Ministry stating that Rio de Janeiro's 31st criminal precinct had a criminal case pending against Mr Scher. It is understood the case is still open.

The request was sent to Brazil's embassy in Tel Aviv on October 2001 and later forwarded to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Ma'ariv reported that Israel's Civil Service Commission had investigated the allegations upon his return and found that Mr Scher had behaved inappropriately for a diplomat but was not guilty of criminal behaviour. It banned him from foreign diplomatic missions for five years.

A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Mark Regev, confirmed the disciplinary hearing upon Mr Scher's return from Brazil five years ago but "all this stuff in the article is simply untrue".

"He was a young and single man at the time. Now he is married and he's six years older and there is no reason why he shouldn't make an excellent diplomatic appointment in Australia," Mr Regev said.

Israeli sources said that because of the public nature of the allegations, the inquiry into Mr Scher's behaviour in Brazil was not internal to the foreign ministry but was held at the higher level of the country's Civil Service Commission.

The commission found that while some of his behaviour was unbecoming of a diplomat serving overseas "there was nothing criminal or close to criminal", a source said.

"We stand behind him," Mr Regev said.

"This is a good man. He's a serious diplomat. He made a mistake when he was younger but there is no reason why he should not go on to have a very strong career as a diplomat."

The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed that Mr Scher's appointment was "pending" and he had not left for Australia.

"The decision to send him to Australia stands but because of concerns that were raised, the case is being looked at at the highest levels of the ministry," Mr Regev said.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

The strange case of the disappearing diplomat
February 12, 2005

Sex scandal past haunts new envoy
Israeli Amir Laty was told to leave Australia last month, but just why is hard to pin down, reports Cynthia Banham.

At first blush the secretive expulsion of an Israeli diplomat from Canberra a month ago had all the makings of a James Bond movie - there were claims of espionage, liaisons with women, and plenty of intrigue.

But as the real story behind the banishment of Amir Laty slowly unfolds, it is unclear whether what took place was an audacious attempt by a foreign agent to breach high-level Australian intelligence, or more a case of a mid-range diplomat who fancied himself a 007-come-Casanova, but in the end got it all wrong.

It all began when Laty, aged in his early 30s, was quietly told a few weeks ago to leave Australia. There wasn't a murmur from the Federal Government at the time, and when news of his expulsion broke late last Friday night, via a report in the Israeli newspaper, Ma'ariv, the Government refused to answer any questions about his departure. It wouldn't even confirm he had left the country. The Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, said "this is an issue that we've chosen not to comment on".

Government officials acknowledge they had been told that if the Israeli news stories reached Australia - as they inevitably would - their response was to be "no comment".

The Israeli embassy was only slightly more forthcoming - it said the diplomat had "finished his posting". Then over the course of last week a few details of Laty's sudden departure, 18 months into his posting, emerged.

The Israeli media report had claimed the expulsion was set in train after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade summoned a senior embassy official and requested the immediate recall of the "consul".

If Israel didn't withdraw its diplomat voluntarily, the report said the official was warned, steps would be taken to declare Laty persona non grata and deport him.

Shortly after Laty left the country, leaving friends baffled by his departure.

When the Federal Opposition asked the Department of Foreign Affairs for an explanation on why Laty was banished, it was told to ask ASIO, Australia's domestic spy agency. That the agency was involved confirmed speculation the expulsion was related to national security. Eventually, official sources told the Herald espionage was part of the reason Laty was kicked out.

Reports subsequently emerged that Laty might have tried to penetrate "highly sensitive Australian intelligence".

The original theory, that because Laty had visited New Zealand last year, there must have been some connection to the jailing in that country of two alleged Mossad agents for passport fraud, began to look doubtful.

The imprisonment of Uriel Zoshe Kelman and Eli Cara - the latter had connections to Australia and rented a house in Turramurra - sparked a diplomatic scandal in New Zealand. The Prime Minister, Helen Clark, demanded an apology from the Israeli Government.

Clark, unlike her Australian counterpart, refused to brush the affair under the carpet, and relations between Israel and New Zealand remain strained.

Suggestions that Laty's indiscretions or "out of hours activities," as one official put it, have also emerged.

A number of women who met Laty on Canberra's social circuit had seen the news of his departure, and the penny had dropped that this was the same man who had unsettled them with his unwanted attentions and persistent phone calls. The women had thought at the time his behaviour might have just come down to cultural difference - but they were unnerved nevertheless. Then a report emerged yesterday that Laty had a relationship in Canberra with a woman who worked for the Defence Department.

Whatever the real reason behind Laty's departure, the controversy dogging the Israeli embassy in Canberra is not about to go away. This is particularly so now it has emerged Laty's replacement could be Arie Scher, a former diplomat to Brazil who left hurriedly after becoming embroiled in a sex scandal.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has defended Scher against the claims, which it describes as simply untrue. Scher's posting hasn't yet been confirmed. Israel's President, Moshe Katsav, is due to visit Australia at the end of the month.


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