New zealand seeking two other mossad agents
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New Zealand seeking two other 'Mossad agents'
Jpost.com staff and Associated Press Jul. 20, 2004
New Zealand security services had been following two Israelis accused of attempting to acquire passports for the Mossad and eavesdropping on their telephone lines for some time, according to a report quoted by IBA news Tuesday morning.
The New Zealand Herald revealed that Prime Minister Helen Clark had approved the surveillance.
"We are fully engaged on several avenues of inquiry" both in New Zealand and overseas, said Assistant Commissioner Jon White.
White said two members of the group still at large, one identified as Ze'ev William Barkan, 37, and a fourth man the others refused to identify, "remain individuals of interest" whom "we are yet to locate."
Police believe Barkan has fled the country while the fourth man is believed to still be in New Zealand.
Last week Clark condemned Israel for breaching New Zealand's sovereignty after Israelis Uri Kelman, 30, and Eli Cara, 50, both admitted to being part of an organized criminal group trying to illegally obtain a New Zealand passport. The two were sentenced last Thursday to six months in jail.
She said she had "no doubt whatsoever" the pair were Israeli agents and she called on Israel to apologize for its "utterly unacceptable" behavior. Israel denied that the men were Mossad agents.
Clark said the actions of the men and those of the Israeli government had "seriously strained relations" with New Zealand, and she imposed a range of diplomatic sanctions on Israel, including delaying approval for the appointment of a new Israeli ambassador.