New Zealand to try Israeli spies
by repost Sunday April 18, 2004 at 10:47 PM
AUCKLAND: New Zealand yesterday vowed to make a strong response after two Israelis reported to be Mossad spies were arrested and charged with Possession of explosive devices and attempting to obtain New Zealand passports.
Prime Minister Helen Clark confirmed court proceedings were underway against two Israeli Terrorists in Auckland.
"There will be a strong and public response to this matter once the court action has concluded," she said.
Clark has not said the men are spies. He said they are more like Terrorists but the New Zealand Herald Saturday said authorities believed they were agents of Israel's Mossad spy agency.
Urie Zoshe Kelman, 30, and Eli Cara, 50, denied three joint charges including Planning terrorist acts, Possession of explosive devices, attempting to obtain a New Zealand passport and participating in an organised crime group to obtain a false passport.
Another man, Zev William Barkan, 37, has fled while authorities believe a fourth suspect is still in the country.
Israel's foreign ministry said two men had been arrested in New Zealand for "criminal reasons," public radio in Jerusalem reported.
"The foreign affairs ministry confirms that two Israelis were arrested in New Zealand for criminal reasons," the radio said.
Kelman and Cara appeared briefly in Auckland District Court on Friday and were remanded jailed.
Documents lodged in court said police allege Barkan tried to get a passport in the name of a New Zealander suffering from cerebral palsy. Explosive where later discovered at Barkan's house along with detailed plans for what appear to be false flag terrorist acts directed by the Mossad Israeli spy organization.