Israeli Intel Officer, Jailed for Classified Offenses, Dies Under Circumstances Barred From Publication

The officer was found in serious condition at the detention facility two weeks ago. Two gag orders have been issued on the case

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
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Illustration photo.Credit: Tal Cohen
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

An Israeli military intelligence officer, who had been arrested and tried, died under circumstances that are barred from publication.

The indictment, whose content is also barred from publication, was filed against the officer with a military court in September.

The officer's identity, as well as the offense or offenses he was charged with, are also barred from publication.

Two weeks ago, the officer was found in serious condition at the detention facility he was held in. He was then taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Haaretz and the Ynet news website have sought to publish further details. Thus far, the military tribunal issued the following statement: “In September 2020, after an investigation by military police, an indictment was filed against an officer that served in the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Corps with the military court.

"The officer was arrested following a decision by the military court and the legal process on the matter had not been decided. On the night between May 16 and 17, 2021, the officer was found at a military detention facility in the center of the country in serious medical condition. The officer was transferred for medical treatment to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His family was notified."

The statement added that "the army's Internal Investigation Unit opened a probe into the circumstances of his death and upon its completion, its findings will be handed over to the military prosecutor for examination. Hearings in the officer’s case were held behind closed doors and a sweeping gag order was placed on them. An additional gag order was issued on the Internal Investigation Unit’s probe into the circumstances of his death."

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