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Mossad threatened the former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and her Moroccan husband

Mossad threatened the former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and her Moroccan husband

June 3, 2024 – 5:00 PM – The World


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Fatou Bensouda, the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court from 2012 to 2021, was said to have been pressured by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad during its investigation into war crimes in Palestine. This is what was reported by the British newspaper The Guardian. It is said that the Mossad tried to influence her in particular through her husband, the Moroccan-Gambian businessman Philip Bensouda.

According to The Guardian, Yossi Cohen, head of the Mossad and close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tried to recruit Bensouda. When this failed, he allegedly resorted to threats targeting her and her family’s safety. Cohen reportedly told Bensouda: “You don’t want to get involved in anything that could jeopardize your safety or the safety of your family.” Mossad is said to have investigated her relatives and obtained secret recordings of her Moroccan husband of Gambian origin.

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The Mossad’s goal, according to Israeli sources, was to intimidate Bensouda or convince her to side with Israel. Yossi Cohen is known to be an effective recruiter for foreign agents and led a multi-agency coordination against the ICC once Fatou Bensouda began its initial investigation, The Guardian reported.

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Despite these attempts, Fatou Bensouda continued her work. Therefore, her successor, Karim Khan, was able to continue the investigations. Following the October 7 attacks, Khan applied for arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and members of Hamas, including political leader Ismail Haniyeh and military commanders Muhammad Deif and Yahya Sinwar.

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