Dirar Abusisi has now been incarcerated for nine months in an Israeli prison after his illegal kidnapping by Mossad agents from a Ukranian train last February. During that time, the State has not begun any trial against him though it has offered him a plea bargain which he refused. Also during that time, Abusisi’s lawyer, Tal Linoy lodged an appeal with the Israeli Supreme Court demanding Shin Bet records regarding the case which it was withholding (in security cases, the government may refuse to provide evidence). The State has stalled time and again arguing that this “highly unusual” procedure demanded an extraordinary amount of manpower for the prosecution to comply with it. At the last hearing, the judge, growing impatient with the State’s dithering, ordered many of the documents transferred to the defense and noted that it might order even more given to it later.
These documents may reveal to Linoy what transpired during Abusisi’s abusive interrogations and also reveal why the Mossad kidnapped him and what it believed he knew and why it believed he knew this.
Further, the defense has written to Avigdor Lieberman demanding that he hand over to it Israel’s formal response to Ukraine after the latter summoned Israel’s ambassador to explain how Abusisi came to be apprehended on its soil. This might reveal elements of the secret conversations held between the Israeli foreign minister and Ukrainian interior minister over the case during a visit the Ukrainian made to Israel in April 2011.
The idea that Ukraine needed any explanation regarding the incident is, of course, a laugh because the Mossad colluded with Ukrainian security services in kidnapping him, as was shown by Gabriel Gatehouse’s BBC radio documentary, in which he interviewed a retired Ukrainian secret service officer who said as much.
I only wish Linoy could actually demand the transcripts of the actual conversations between Lieberman and the Ukrainian interior minister. These would no doubt be even more instructive regrading the skullduggery involved in his extraordinary rendition from Ukraine to Israel.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.