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Trojan horse suspects to be kept in custody

Trojan horse suspects to be kept in custody
Trojan horse suspects to be kept in custody 

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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