French confirm death of Israeli envoy

Body of defense delegate David Dahan found in Seine weeks after he vanished.

February 24, 2007 14:16
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French defense officials have confirmed Saturday that a body found in the Seine River on Wednesday was that of head of the Israeli defense delegation to France, David Dahan, who went missing one month ago. The body did not show signs of an attack, a fact which strengthened police suspicions that Dahan had committed suicide. Dahan left behind notes that indicated he was considering suicide, police sources in France said following his disappearance. Officials said that Dahan appeared to be going through 'personal and emotional crises' although all leads were being investigated. Dahan left his cellular phone at home and deactivated the tracking device in his car. Security officers from the Defense Ministry's security agency - directed by Yehiel Horev - were involved in the investigation, officials said. Dahan's wife and son had flown to Paris to assist in the search. Dahan was appointed the temporary head of the ministry's European mission after Eli Finko was recalled to Tel Aviv to head up a new defense export supervision committee. The official task of the mission is to purchase military equipment around Europe and facilitate Israeli sales to countries in the region. Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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