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  2/18/2013, Adar 8, 5773

Australian A-G: No Need to Probe Australian Spy Bodies


Attorney General Mark Dreyfus of Australia said, Monday, that he was confident that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would get to the bottom of the case of Ben-Zygier, an Australian Israeli who apparently took his own life in December 2010 at the age of 34, about 10 months after he was imprisoned, according to the Australian. Since reports surfaced, last week, about Zygier's death, he has been linked to a Mossad front which sold electronics to Iran and passports which were used in the elimination of senior Hamas terrorists Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in Dubai.

Dreyfus said he did not believe another investigation was needed, even though the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) was reportedly investigating Zygier and had even asked if he was spying for Israel. ASIO was informed of Zygier's arrest by Israel and passed the information to a group of Australian foreign-affairs officials. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade investigation is intended to determine if the department had properly discharged its duties to the former Melbourne resident. Foreign Minister Bob Carr has asked for Israeli input into the investigation. On Monday, the Intelligence Subcommittee of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee decided to launch an investigation into the case.