Several weeks ago, the Shabak investigated a French embassy driver suspected of smuggling weapons from Israel into Gaza. He regularly drove from Jerusalem (presumably on behalf of the consulate located there) to Gaza as part of his work assignment. The driver was arrested and has been kept incommunicado during that time period. Earlier today, foreign media published the story which apparently had been under gag order or censorship in Israel. In the past four hours, Israeli sources have also published the story, meaning the gag or censorship order has been lifted.
פרשה בטחונית: סוכנות הידיעות הצרפתית מדווחת כי נהג מהקונסוליה הצרפתית בירושלים עצור בישראל בחשד של הברחת נשק לעזה תוך נצול חסינות דיפלומטית. הוא אזרח צרפתי בשנות ה-20 לחייו. הוא יופיע מחר בבית המשפט בדרום הארץ. ב-2013 נתפס עובד שגרירות צרפת כשניסה להבריח זהב מירדן לישראל
— Yossi Melman (@yossi_melman) March 18, 2018
The embassy staffer, who is a French citizen, does not have immunity according to Israeli security journalist, Yossi Melman. But his vehicle did have immunity. Which raises an interesting question: if his vehicle had immunity, how did Shabak know what was in it? Either they violated diplomatic immunity in searching it; or they already knew what was in it due to either a sting or communications intercept. A security source I consulted has refused comment on the matter.
The gag order was likely lifted after the Shabak and police had completed their investigation. Likely, during this period (when suspects are denied legal representation and tortured at will) the suspect either confessed or the authorities feel satisifed with the evidence they’ve obtained and case they’ve built.
The suspect’s name has not been published. I am trying to find out his identity.