Father of Israeli Intel Officer Who Died in Jail Lashes Out at Army

Yaniv Kubovich
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The intelligence officer's grave, earlier this month.
The intelligence officer's grave, earlier this month.Credit: rami shllush
Yaniv Kubovich

The father of the intelligence officer who died in military prison bashed the Israeli military on Friday, while the circumstances leading to his son's death remain unknown.

The officer died last month, nine months after he was indicted in military court. The charge or charges against him are subject to a gag order, as was any other information that could be used to identify him by name.

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The cause of the officer’s death has still not yet been determined, and most of the details of the case are still under an extensive gag order.

"Our child was murdered, even if not directly and from time to time his good name is also being murdered with all sorts of leaks, while nothing has been proven in court," the father said on Friday.   

“We found ourselves trying, unsuccessfully, to put together the puzzle of what happened to a child who was mercilessly trampled by the military system."

“We are angry with ourselves that we allowed the legal process to continue beyond reason and that we slept peacefully while falsely believing that you were safe in prison," the father said while standing over his son's grave.

“We are angry that you received different medications in prison, some of which dangerous, and that we didn’t know before your death that you suffered heath issues in the military prisons.”

The father added, in contrast to reports, that his son received only drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleeping pills prior to his imprisonment.

Addressing the offenses attributed to his son, the father said: “For an unclear reason, he committed unexplained acts. He is no longer here to provide reliable and maybe surprising explanations for what he did.

Israeli army chief Aviv Kochavi said last week that the officer was about to compromise "a big secret," and that he was stopped "at the last minute."

Kochavi added that the officer "committed very serious offenses" and that he did so "knowingly, on purpose, for reasons I can't describe."

The officer was buried earlier this month in a civilian cemetery and will not be recognized as a soldier who died in the line of duty. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated that this is because the officer had been discharged while in jail.

His acquaintances, who served in the Israel Defense Forces intelligence branch, described him as an idealistic and brilliant man who succeeded in all the jobs and tasks he was given.

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