By Zvi Harel
July 22, 2005
Nine private investigators being held on charges of industrial
espionage in the Trojan horse affair will be held in custody until the
end of the proceedings against them.
Yesterday, Tel Aviv District Court Judge Edna Kaplan ordered that the
nine men, private investigators who worked for three special
investigator firms, be kept in custody while they face two separate
charges connected to the Trojan horse affair, in which several
companies and individuals are alleged to have infiltrated the
computers of other companies through the use of spyware in order to
obtain confidential information.
Two of the investigators are being charged separately from the others.
This is because the two, Alex Weinstein and Niv Chai, are expected to
provide state witness against the other seven after their case is
completed. The seven named together in the other set of charges are
Eliezer Philosoff, Avraham Balali, Zvi Krochmal, Assaf Zlotobeski,
Haim Zissman, Eyal Abramovitz and Roni Barhom.
The charges relate to receipt of material through fraudulent means and
under aggravated circumstances, infiltration of computers to commit
other crimes, implanting a virus in the computers, illegal
wiretapping, invasion of privacy and other offenses.
In her ruling yesterday, Kaplan said that the decision to keep the
nine in custody was not taken lightly. Despite their clean record and
personal circumstances, she was concerned "about a danger and
reasonable fear of tampering with the proceedings."
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