Report: Meir Dagan required to return diplomatic passport

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 19, 2011 20:54

The government demanded that former Mossad chief Meir Dagan turn in his diplomatic passport, an unusual request that follows controversial remarks by Dagan in which he criticized the country's leadership for its treatment of the Iranian threat, Channel Two reported.

Dagan had requested to keep the passport because of a slate of upcoming trips he had planned outside of the country, but his request was denied, according to the report.

The diplomatic passport offers, among other benefits, diplomatic immunity.

The Prime Minister's Office said that it was normal procedure for officials to return their diplomatic passports following the conclusion of their service, and Dagan was asked to do so after failing to return the passport himself.

According to Channel Two, the step is highly unusual and other officials have been allowed to keep their passports until their expiration date has passed.


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