2 indictments against 9 PIs in Trojan Horse affair

Investigators employed by Modiin Ezrahi, Zvi Krochmal Investigations, and Pelosoff-Balali are accused of industrial espionage.

The Tel Aviv District Prosecutor today filed two indictments with the Tel Aviv District Court in the Trojan Horse affair. The indictments were filed against nine private investigators employed by Modiin Ezrahi Ltd., Zvi Krochmal Investigations, and Pelosoff-Balali.

The indictments accuse the suspects of industrial espionage, fraudulent receipt, uploading computer viruses, hacking computers with criminal intent, wiretapping, use of wiretaps, invasion of privacy, and managing an unauthorized database.

Prosecutors claim that the industrial espionage discovered by the international police investigation operated in three rings: a ring that created the Torjan Horses Michael and Ruth Haephrati, whom Israel has applied to the UK for extradition; a ring of private investigators, including those indicted; and a ring of companies and private parties who ordered the industrial espionage in order to obtain information about competitors and other individuals. The investigation against this third ring is not yet over.

All the accused are under arrest, and prosecutors want to extend their remand until proceedings are completed.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes.co.il - on July 7, 2005

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