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Friday, December 27, 2013

The American courts do the right thing

A US trial court has ordered Stuart Levey, former Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence within the United States Department of the Treasury, to either testify in the case of Wultz v. Bank of China by January 22, or to show cause why he should not have to testify. 
Former first Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey left government service after around a decade in 2011, but according to Shurat Hadin – Israel Law Center, various disclosed Wikileaks documents show that, while in government, he had meetings with the bank in which he warned them that their banking services were indirectly aiding and abetting Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror operations in Israel.
The order is part of a case by the NGO (on behalf of 22 terror victims’ families), and a parallel case by the family of victim Daniel Wultz, against the bank for its indirect involvement in terror attacks in Israel against Americans in 2006-2007.
Such evidence would harm the bank’s defense that it did not know its accounts were being used by the terror groups until a much later date.
Shurat Hadin expects the US to try to block the deposition, though Levey is no longer in government service. Certain legal principles sometimes empower governments to hold back former officials from giving confidential information obtained during their public service.
Last week, Shurat Hadin retained a former Bush homeland security official to argue the issue of whether a federal court in Washington DC will order former Israeli government agent Uzi Shaya to testify regarding his alleged warnings to the bank about its terror connections. 
I find incredible the extent to which the American and Israeli governments are attempting to prevent recovery from the supporters of terrorism.

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