Ex-Mossad chief threatens ICC prosecutor over war crimes probe


Published: 2024-05-28 19:19

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 22:13

Ex-Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen. (January 10, 2016) (Photo: Reuters)
Ex-Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen. (January 10, 2016) (Photo: Reuters)

An investigation by The Guardian revealed that Yossi Cohen, the former director of “Israel's” Mossad, allegedly attempted to halt a war crimes investigation by threatening the International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.

Bensouda, who served as the ICC's prosecutor from June 2012 to June 2021, was overseeing the formal investigation into war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

According to four sources, the Mossad's objective was to either compromise Bensouda or secure her cooperation with “Israel's” demands. However, their efforts proved unsuccessful.

The Mossad's campaign involved gathering compromising information on Bensouda, including showing her covertly taken photographs of her husband and implying career repercussions if she continued the investigation.

In a particularly alarming instance, Cohen allegedly told Bensouda, "You should help us and let us take care of you. You do not want to be getting into things that could compromise your security or that of your family."

Sources familiar with the situation described the situation as "stalking,” and exposed Cohen's persistent and threatening behavior.

The Israeli Occupation Prime Minister's office denied the allegations, dismissing them as "false and unfounded."