Saturday, February 12, 2005

Israel reconsiders: delays sending new ambassador to Australia who is wanted in Brazil for involvement in Child Porn ring

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At 5:33 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

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also see: http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Scher_Aryeh.html

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Shalom delays sending envoy to Australia
By Yossi Melman
Haaretz
Sun., February 13, 2005 Adar1 4, 5765
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/539375.html

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom recently delayed the appointment of Aryeh Sher to the post of Israel's next consul in Australia.

Shalom ordered reexamining Sher's appointment due to a sexual scandal five years ago while Sher served as Israel's consul in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.

Sher was photographed in the nude with Brazilian girls, some of whom were minors. A criminal investigation was launched in Brazil, and while the case was never closed, Sher was returned to Israel and tried before a civil servants' tribunal. He was not found guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, but was reprimanded for inappropriate behavior.

Shalom said he did not know of the affair prior to Sher's appointment. He said he withheld the appointment as relations with Canberra were already strained, following the recent repatriation of Israeli envoy Amir Lati.

Australia's security described the Lati case as a matter of "social security."

According to a report in The Australian, Lati was asked to leave the country immediately for an alleged relationship he had with a woman who worked for Australia's Defense Department.

The report indicates that Australian security suspected that Lati was an intelligence agent working under diplomatic cover to recruit the woman. It rules out a previously implied connection between Lati and the two Mossad agents who were arrested in New Zealand about a year ago.

The report says Lati, in his early 30s, lived in a rented flat in Canberra's fashionable Kingston suburb and frequently went out drinking at the B-Bar, a popular politicians' haunt.

Foreign Ministry sources said Lati denied acting for any intelligence agency and said he acted according to all the ministry's directives.

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Foreign Ministry delays appointment of envoy to Australia
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent
Sat., February 12, 2005 Adar1 3, 5765
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/539338.html

The Foreign Ministry recently ordered a delay in the appointment of Aryeh Sar to the post of Israel's next consul in Australia, due to a sexual scandal from five years ago while he served as Israel?s consul in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.

While in Brazil, Sar was photographed in the nude along with Brazilian girls, some of which were minors. A criminal probe was launched in Brazil, and while the case was never closed, Sar was returned to Israel and was tried before a civil servants' court. He was not found guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, but was reprimanded and inappropriate behavior. The case was originally exposed in the Ma'ariv daily.

Sar's past has received much attention in the Australian media. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom decided to delay the appointment, saying the relations with Canberra are already strained, after Israeli envoy Amir Lati was recently repatriated.

According to Australian media reports, Lati was asked to leave the country immediately for an alleged relationship he had with a woman who worked for Australia' Defense Department.

Lati claimed there was nothing wrong with his conduct, and that the relations he had with local women were normal.

The Australian government described the incident involving Lati as a matter of national security, a move which indicates Canberra may have considered Lati a foreign agent. In his diplomatic capacity, Lati was the charge d'ffaires in New Zealand and maintained contact with two Israelis held in a New Zealand jail over passport fraud.

 
At 6:11 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

1)http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Israel-has-second-thoughts-on-consul/2005/02/13/1108229857000.html

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
Israel has second thoughts on consul
By Malcolm Brown
February 14, 2005

Israeli diplomat Arie Scher's appointment to Australia as a consul was being reconsidered last night.

The Israeli foreign ministry said it was "having a second look" at the posting after an Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported the ministry had ordered a delay in Mr Scher's appointment because of a series of incidents in Brazil five years ago when he was serving as Israel's consul.

A spokesman for the ministry, Mark Regev, told the Herald yesterday that weekend reports of sexual indiscretions by Mr Scher had been thoroughly checked by the ministry and had been found to be without foundation.

Mr Scher had been tried by a public service court and been found guilty of some "inappropriate behaviour" such as wild parties. But the ministry retained complete confidence in him.

"We have a 100 per cent no tolerance policy about sexually exploitative or abusive behaviour," Mr Regev said. "If there was any evidence to suggest he was guilty of any of that, he would be out in an extremely short period."

Mr Scher has been set to replace Amir Laty, who left about a month ago under mutual agreement between Australia and Israel. The reasons for Mr Laty's premature departure have not been publicly stated.

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http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12235992-421,00.html

NEWS.com.au
Israeli consul in nude picture storm
February 14, 2005

A DIPLOMAT who was due to replace an alleged Mossad spy in Canberra was reportedly photographed nude with under-age girls when on a posting to Brazil five years ago.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the country's foreign ministry is now holding off sending the new consul to Australia.
Haaretz said Aryeh Sar was investigated after being photographed naked with Brazilian girls, some of whom were minors.

Sar reportedly returned to Israel to face trial.

He was found not guilty of any wrongdoing but was reprimanded for "inappropriate behaviour".

The criminal case in Brazil remains open. News of Sar's alleged misconduct comes a week after Israeli diplomat Amir Lati was apparently ejected from Australia by ASIO for espionage.

It has been speculated Lati was chasing women in sensitive positions in an attempt to gather intelligence for his bosses back in Israel, an accusation he denies.

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http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1108178566104

Jerusalem Post
Feb. 13, 2005
Australia consul appointment reviewed
By HERB KEINON

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has decided to take another look at the appointment of Aryeh Scher as a consul at the Australian Embassy. Scher was accused by Brazil of involvement in a child pornography ring during a diplomatic posting there five years ago.

He was hurriedly returned to Israel at the time, and told he would not get another foreign posting for five years.

Scher was to replace Amir Lati, the Israeli consul who was returned to Israel a few weeks ago under mysterious circumstances.

Neither the Australian or Israeli governments have commented on Lati's return to Israel, fueling speculation that it was espionage-related.

 

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