After consulting with Dirar Abusisi’s attorney, his wife and brother and checking the facts regarding the Shabak accusations, I can say with absolute certainty that they are a fraud.
They are a fraud in large part because Abusisi, likely under torture or extreme duress gave an account to his interrogators that was blatantly false. But the part that indicates the sheer incompetence of the security services is that they didn’t even check to determine whether the information he proferred was accurate. That would seem to be an elemental rule of spycraft.
And whatever Abusisi couldn’t provide them to embellish the story they appear to have made up.
It seems that the Shabak has been hoisted on its own petard.
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this post, I tried to summarize from memory Dirar Abusisi’s charge sheet, which I’d correctly translated in yesterday’s post. I made two errors. This post has been edited to correct those errors.
First, Shabak’s charge sheet claims Abusisi studied missile design at the Kharkov military academy and that his advisor was a Professor Petrovich, who specialized in SCUD rocket technology. The claim is that he led a double life while earning his PhD in electrical engineering at a civilian wing of the institute, while all the while maintaining a full program in military engineering.
A few minor problems with claim: first, according to his wife, Abusisi attended the Zaporhizia Machine Building Institute, A reader below has done a search of the database for Abusisi’s doctoral dissertation and it says he defended it at the Kharkiv State Academic of Municipal Economy. His brother Yousef notes that Dirar arned his degree in electrical generation, and Dirar’s lawyer told me that Prof. Petrovich does not exist. As I said, I have these facts both from Yousef and Veronika Abusisi and the victim’s attorney and no information they’ve offered till now has been proven wrong.
I am getting a different impression of the charge sheet regarding Abusisi’s “recruitment” to Hamas in which I claimed yesterday the Shabak may’ve deliberately concocted his relations with a number of assassinated Palestinian militant leaders. It now occurs to me that it may’ve been Abusisi himself who concocted the story using such figures because no one in Shabak could possibly investigate the authenticity of his claims.
In short, the accusations against Abusisi are a tissue of lies.
If Shabak throws this man in prison it and the government will be made to be the laughing-stock of intelligence agencies around the world.
And I put the world media on notice that whoever reports the Israeli charges at face value will wind up with egg on their faces.
I also put the Shabak on notice that someday this man will go free and if you harm a hair on his head as punishment for what he’s done you will face a reckoning either moral or legal. The days of impunity are rapidly drawing to an end.