The State Prosecutor's Office announced Monday that it will withdraw merits filed with murder charges after they were obtained illegally using spyware. An investigation initiated by the State Prosecutor's Office revealed that for the first time since a series of publications about the police's use of spyware, and since an investigation began, it was discovered that as part of the operation of the spyware, evidentiary use was made of information that deviates from the scope of the wiretapping order for communications between computers.
An investigation conducted by the Director of the Cyber Department in the State Attorney's Office, Dr. Haim Wismonsky, revealed that a means of wiretapping communications between computers was installed for one of the suspects in the case against whom no indictment was filed, the same device copied the information stored on the device beyond what was permitted in the wiretapping order.
The information collected was passed on to other police officials, on the basis of which they requested and received a judicial order authorizing the police to carry out additional investigative action. The investigative action yielded additional evidence that was entered into the investigation file and even submitted as an exhibit to the court.
The indictment in question was filed in October 2021 for the double murder that took place in Tulkarm of the brothers Shafe' and Falah Abu Hussein, Israeli citizens from Baqa al-Gharbiya who moved to live with their father in western Samaria due to a bloody conflict lasting several years with the Abu Judah family from Baqa al-Gharbiya.
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