(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein is weighing the possibility of prosecuting former Military Intelligence chief Eli Zeira for allegedly exposing the late Egyptian businessman Ashraf Marwan as an Israeli spy, Channel 2 said on Wednesday night.
A complaint against Zeira was lodged at the attorney-general’s office by former Mossad director Zvi Zamir and is currently being examined by Weinstein, according to Channel 2.
Zamir has long accused Zeira, who headed Military Intelligence during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, of leaking Ashraf’s alleged role as spy to the press.
In 2007, Marwan, aged 63 at the time, fell to his death from the balcony of his London home. A coroner’s inquest was held to determine whether he had died by suicide, accident or foul play.
In July 2010, a UK coroner said the cause of Marwan’s death was
inconclusive, but added that there was no evidence to support either
suicide or unlawful killing.
“We simply don’t know the facts, despite careful investigation,” Coroner William Dolman told a London court.
“There are many unanswered questions.
“Did he jump or did he fall? Here the evidence does not provide a clear answer,” the coroner added.
said claims about Marwan’s death involved “the murky and secretive
world of espionage.” However, he said, “we must restrict ourselves to a
fact-finding exercise and not indulge in the luxury of mere
Marwan was the son-in-law of president Gamal Abdel Nasser and a trusted aide to Nasser’s successor, Anwar Sadat.
and intelligence agents have accused Marwan of being an Israeli spy who
passed on vital information before the war – or, alternatively, of
being a double agent loyal to Egypt.
During two days of testimony, the court heard from Marwan’s friends, family and business associates.
Nasser, Marwan’s widow, told the inquest that her husband had never
spoken of suicide, but had expressed fears he might be killed.
role as a supplier of intelligence – or disinformation – to Israel has
resurfaced in the Israeli media in recent days after the State Archive
released previously classified memos of emergency inner cabinet meetings
prior to and during the Yom Kippur War.
Marwan was decorated by
the Egyptian state for his role in the war. His funeral in Cairo was
attended by highprofile mourners, including President Hosni Mubarak’s
son, Gamal.AP contributed to this report.