Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Israeli foreign affairs:refuse extradition of pedophile, replace Australian harrassing diplomat with a diplomat who fled from Brazil due to Child Porn

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At 8:30 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

What is the Israeli government thinking?

1) 1st we had the international child sex trafficking ring centered in Canada which highlighted Israel's failure to extradite one of the key figures, Vitaly Levshin.
See:
http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/01/canadian-policepress-conference.html#comments
http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/01/exclusive-israeli-shimon-ben-tov.html#comments
http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/01/canadian-police-international-network.html#comments
http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/01/canadian-police-arrested-israeli-is.html#comments
http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/01/why-did-israeli-government-protect.html#comments

2) Then we had the appointment of Aryeh Scher to the Israeli consulate in Australia, despite the child porn ring he was involved with in Rio that caused him to flee the country.
see: http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/02/aryeh-scher-new-appointee-to-israeli.html#comments

3) Now it turns out that Scher is replacing diplomat Amir Lati kicked out of Australia, in part, for harrassing women:
(information courtesy of the Awareness Center Yahoo group see:
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/networkinggroups.html )

1)
Israeli consul in Australia suspected of sexual harassment
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent
Wed., February 09, 2005 Shvat 30, 5765
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/538339.html

Amir Lati, formerly the consular affairs officer for the Israeli
mission in the Australian capital of Canberra, was asked to leave the country one month ago due to alleged sexual harassment as well as security-related reasons, according to a report in Wednesday editions of the Sydney Morning Herald.

According to the daily, which first reported on the affair, Lati was asked to depart Australia for a short amount of time and was declared persona non grata.

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem instructed Lati to pack up his
belongings and return to Israel.

The Australian government is demanding Lati either resign his post or risk expulsion for two reasons: "national security", namely the
suspicion that he was involved in espionage on Australian soil,
and "out of hours activities."

The newspaper reported that numerous women who met Lati have come
forward with complaints that he harassed them with repeated telephone calls which "unnerved" them.

Australian media reports were rampant with speculation that the
security reasons for Lati's expulsion stems from the forged passport affair involving two Mossad agents who were arrested by authorities in New Zealand. Lati reportedly visited the agents in New Zealand.

It was also revealed that the Australian Security Intelligence
Organization (ASIO) will brief members of the opposition Labor Party on the matter.

The case has received much public attention in Australia, so much so that the matter has been submitted for deliberation in parliament.

Nonetheless, ASIO chief Dennis Richardson refused to comment on the
affair as have official spokespersons representing the Australian
government.

The Mossad agents, Elisha Cara and Uriel Kelman, were apprehended by New Zealand security forces while trying to obtain a New Zealand passport under the guise of a citizen afflicted with a mental disability. Two other alleged co-conspirators remain at large.

Despite the fact that prosecutors did not charge them with security-related offenses or espionage, the press in New Zealand as well as the country's prime minister, Helen Clark, argued that the two suspects are Mossad agents who were hoodwinked in the course of an espionage operation.

The Israelis struck a plea bargain with prosecutors, confessing to
fraud and attempted procurement of a false passport. They were
sentenced to six months in prison and were fined $50,000.

After serving half of their sentence, the two were released and
subsequently returned to Israel.

Lati served in the Israeli embassy in Canberra for a year and a half, during which he assumed the post of charge d'affaires for the Israeli mission in New Zealand.

Part of his responsibilities in his post included providing service to visiting Israelis in distress. The Finance Ministry, under the direction of director-general Ron Prosor, is currently conducting its own investigation. The findings of the investigation have yet to be made public.

2)
Spy theory the buzz in Canberra
By Nick Butterly
Feb. 8, 2005
Townsville Bulletin, Australia
http://townsvillebulletin.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,12184619%255E421,00.html

ISRAELI authorities have reportedly ordered an inquiry into
the "weird" circumstances of Australia's expulsion of a diplomat from Canberra.

It emerged at the weekend that Israeli consul Amir Lati was ejected several weeks ago by Australian authorities.

The incident has set alight Canberra's small social network with talk Lati was actually working for Mossad, Israel's legendary and ruthless spy agency.

News reports said Israeli foreign ministry officials dismissed
speculation the matter was connected to the theft a year ago by two alleged Mossad agents of passports in New Zealand.

Israel has reportedly ordered a top-level ministerial inquiry.

Reports from Jerusalem said Lati's removal may been a result
of "personal aspects of his employment in Canberra".

The Australian and Israeli Governments have not officially commented on the matter.

Israeli president Moshe Katsav is scheduled to visit Australia in
March and both governments are keen to avoid a public row.

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday ruled out a visit by Mr Katsav, saying diplomatic relations were still strained as a
result of the passport fraud case.

Uriel Zoshe Kelman, 31, and Eli Cara, 50, were sentenced to six
months in prison after they pleaded guilty to the passport charge.
They both served about three months before being released and
deported.

Ms Clark said last year she had no doubt whatsoever the two were
spies. New Zealand has demanded but not yet received a public apology from Israel.

Ms Clark imposed diplomatic sanctions on Israel, including delaying
approval of a new Israeli ambassador.

In Australia the Greens yesterday called on Prime Minister John
Howard to provide a full explanation of the Lati matter, with Senator Kerry Nettle saying Australians had a right to know if an Israeli spy had been working in the country.

"When such senior officials at foreign embassies are expelled from
Australia the public has a right to know," she said.

"We can be certain that if the official had been from the Iranian or Syrian embassies then their expulsion would not have been shrouded in such secrecy, and rightly so."

3)
No comment on alleged Mossad agents as Israeli visit beckons
By Jonathan Pearlman
February 7, 2005
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/No-comment-on-alleged-Mossad-
agents-as-Israeli-visit-beckons/2005/02/06/1107625063077.html?
oneclick=true

The expulsion of an Israeli diplomat from Canberra remains shrouded in mystery, with the Australian and Israeli governments maintaining a blanket silence over the affair.

The Herald reported at the weekend that a diplomat was expelled
several weeks ago and that the expulsion might be connected to the
arrest of two alleged Mossad agents in New Zealand. But neither the Australian nor Israeli governments has commented on the reason for the expulsion or even admitted that a diplomat was asked to leave.

Israel and Australia have close relations and a diplomatic scandal
could cause embarrassment ahead of a scheduled visit to Australia by the Israeli President, Moshe Katsav, next month.

The Herald was yesterday able to confirm that the diplomat was a
consul named Amir Lati. He was a permanent member of the embassy
staff and was responsible for consular affairs and visas in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Lati is believed to have spent 18 months in Australia. He returned to Israel several weeks ago and has not been assigned a new position.

An Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported at the weekend that Israeli Foreign Ministry sources claimed Mr Lati had never met the two alleged Mossad agents and the expulsion may have been prompted
by "personal reasons".

A spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, Mark Regev, refused to
comment on the report but said the matter would not affect Mr
Katsav's visit.

"I think between the two governments the situation is very clear," Mr Regev said. "The matter was dealt with in a manner of co-operation between the two governments which is exemplary of our good relations."

The two alleged Mossad agents, Eli Cara and Uriel Kelman, were
arrested and convicted in New Zealand last year after trying to
fraudulently obtain passports. The pair had spent considerable time in Australia, where there was speculation they might have been on a similar mission.

Israel has never acknowledged that the two men were spies. Both men have been deported from New Zealand.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy, Orna Sagiv, would not comment yesterday on the reasons for Mr Lati's return to Israel. "The only thing I can say is that the consul finished his posting here," Ms Sagiv said.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade refused to comment.

4)
Australia Ousts Israeli Diplomat
Arutz Sheva, Israel
Feb 06, 2005 / 27 Shevat 5765
http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=76460

(IsraelNN.com) Israel Consul General to Australia Ilan Lati, was
compelled to return home under threats of expulsion by Australian
authorities, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to the limited information available, Australian officials fear a link between Lati and two Israelis who were found guilty of working to obtain fraudulent identities, including passports, allegedly operating as Mossad agents.

Israel Foreign Ministry officials have kept this latest diplomatic
row quiet, and are reportedly conducting an investigation into the
matter.

5)
Israeli diplomat ousted from Australia
By Yossi Melman
Haaretz
Sun., February 06, 2005 Shvat 27, 5765
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/536410.html

The Foreign Ministry is looking into the reasons for the Australian government demanding that an Israeli diplomat in Canberra be repatriated two weeks ago.

The Australian request stemmed from the links between the consul,
Ilan Lati, and two Israelis convicted in New Zealand of trying to
obtain a passport illegally, according to a report in the Sydney
Morning Herald.

The two are suspected of being agents of Israel's intelligence
service, the Mossad. Israel never acknowledged the pair were spies
and the case caused a major diplomatic falling out between Wellington and Jerusalem.

However, an initial probe into the case suggests it is not entirely clear why the Australians asked for the repatriation of Lati, threatening to expel him unless he was quietly returned to Israel.

Lati, who is also in charge of representing Israel in New Zealand,
apparently never met the two suspected agents.

A government source suggested that the Australian request may have
stemmed from "personal reasons" involving Lati.

The Foreign Ministry is carrying out its own investigation and when a clearer picture is available a request for clarifications from Canberra will be made.

In the meantime, President Moshe Katsav is scheduled to visit
Australia early next month. The visit had been postponed following
the trial of the two suspected agents.

6)
Australia sends Israeli home after NZ spy case
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand
February 6, 2005
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10009704

The controversial Mossad spy case is again in the spotlight after
Australia secretly forced a senior Israeli diplomat to leave.

Speculation is mounting there may be some connection between the
diplomat's sudden departure and last year's scandal in which two
alleged Mossad agents were arrested in New Zealand.

Last year Uriel Kelman, 31, and Eli Cara, 51, were sentenced to six months prison and ordered to pay $100,000 to the Cerebral Palsy Society for fraudulently trying to obtain a passport.

Though both men denied being spies, Prime Minister Helen Clark and
Foreign Minister Phil Goff said there were "very strong grounds" to believe the men were acting for Israel's intelligence services.

Both men have since been deported.

The case is again in the news after the Sydney Morning Herald said
the effective expulsion of the Canberra-based diplomat - described as a consul in Israel - was covered up for several weeks.

But it said the matter had come to light in a report in the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv.

The Sydney Morning Herald said inquiries about the story last night were met by "no comment" from the Australian Government.

Ma'ariv speculated there might be some connection with last year's
spy scandal in New Zealand.

The Sydney Morning Herald said a source close to the Israeli cabinet suggested the reason for the incident must have been serious, given the friendly relations between the two countries.

The paper said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said if
Israel did not withdraw its diplomat voluntarily, steps would be
taken to declare him persona non grata and to initiate proceedings
for his deportation. In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry
instructed the diplomat to pack his bags and return home immediately.

7)
Expulsion may have NZ connection
No apology from Israel in spy case
TVNZ, New Zealand
Feb 5, 2005
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_world_story_skin/472338%3fformat=html

Australia secretly forced a senior Israeli diplomat to leave the
country, and neither Israel nor Australia wanted to comment about the matter, according to a newspaper report.

The Sydney morning Herald said the effective expulsion of the
Canberra-based diplomat - described as a consul in Israel - was
covered up for several weeks.

But it said the matter had come to light in a report in the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv.

It said inquiries about the story last night were met by no comments from the Australian government.

The Ma'ariv newspaper speculated there might be some connection with last year's scandal in which two alleged agents of the Israeli spy service, Mossad, were arrested in New Zealand.

The arrest came after they were caught trying to fraudulently obtain passports.

The Sydney Morning Herald said it had been told by a source close to the Israeli cabinet that the reason for the incident must have been serious, given the friendly relations between the two countries.

It came ahead of a scheduled tour of Australia by Israeli President Moshe Katsav early next month.

The paper said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade summoned a senior embassy official to a meeting at which it requested the immediate recall of the consul.

It said if Israel did not withdraw its diplomat voluntarily, steps
would be taken to declare him persona non grata and to initiate
proceedings for his deportation.

In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry instructed the diplomat to pack his bags and return home immediately.

A spokesman for Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said he was aware of the report but would not comment.

The Sydney Morning Herald said Mossad agents had previously been
caught using Canadian passports to secure entry to Jordan, where they were allegedly planning to stage an assassination.

8)
Diplomat Thrown Out Of Aust
Xtra News, New Zealand
February 05, 2005
http://xtramsn.co.nz/news/0,,11964-4082850,00.html

A senior Israeli diplomat is reported to have been thrown out of
Australia and there is speculation of a New Zealand link.

The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper says the man has been expelled
from Canberra and suggests he had links to the two alleged Mossad
agents jailed in New Zealand last year.

The paper says the Australians asked Israel to immediately recall the consul he was instructed to pack his bags.

The New Zealand Government is still waiting for an apology from
Israel over the botched attempts to acquire New Zealand passports by two men it says were working for the Israeli Secret Service.

The pair were deported after serving six-months in jail.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

The diplomat who fled from Brazil should have his head stuck in a 10000 pds. crusher but first Woojee Woojee

 
At 2:25 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,12214813%255E421,00.html

Advertiser Adelaide, Australia
Expelled Israeli linked to defence employee
By John Kerin
11feb05
EXPELLED Israeli diplomat Amir Lati had a relationship with a woman who worked for Australia's Defence Department.

The latest development has thrown up yet another explanation as to why the diplomat may have been ordered to leave Australia in December.

It follows earlier allegations that Mr Lati was asked to leave over personal behaviour that "unnerved women" or as a result of involvement in espionage.

Initially it was also thought Mr Lati's expulsion may have been linked to last year's New Zealand passport fraud scandal but this has been ruled out.

Mr Lati, in his early 30s, lived in a rented flat in a 1970s-style apartment block in Canberra's fashionable suburb of Kingston.









He was known to drink at the B-Bar in Kennedy Street, though not heavily, and regularly went with embassy staff for a pizza at La Capanna, a haunt that is also popular with politicians.

If he were a spy, he certainly did not stand out from the crowd, though some have described him as an extrovert. Staff at Kingston's local bars and restaurants were generally surprised to find a spy may have been in their midst.

One staffer at La Capanna said she recalled meeting Mr Lati and commented on the name on his credit card because of its resemblance to latte.

Israeli media reports initially claimed the expulsion, first reported last week, came after Mr Lati visited two spies who were sentenced last year to six months' jail in New Zealand for passport fraud.

Uriel Zoshe Kelman, 31, and Eli Cara, 50, were sentenced to six months in prison after they pleaded guilty to the passport charge.

But New Zealand had insufficient evidence to lay espionage charges. The duo served three months before being deported.

Neither the Australian nor Israeli government has been prepared to comment on the Lati case, though Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has been briefed.

Israel's Haaretz newspaper said last night that Mr Lati served in the Israeli embassy in Canberra for a year and a half, during which he assumed the post of charge d'affaires for the Israeli mission in New Zealand.

 

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