Israel Wants NSO Proceedings to Remain Secret
The state has appealed to the court requesting proceedings regarding a petition filed by members of human rights organization Amnesty against cyber surveillance company NSO be conducted in chambers
Omer Kabir | 17:58 14.01.2020
The Israeli Ministry of Defense has requested proceedings regarding a petition filed by members of human rights organization Amnesty International against cyber surveillance company NSO Group be conducted in chambers. Should the appeal—submitted by the State Attorney to the Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday ahead of the first hearing scheduled for Thursday,—be accepted, no information on the proceedings could be made public by neither the press nor private individuals. The State Attorney also requested that Amnesty’s petition, which demands the ministry revokes NSO’s export license, be dismissed by the court. In its appeal, the ministry stated the petition should be dismissed as its requested judicial relief was “too broad and unclear” and as there is no precedent in which the court interfered in decisions directly related to foreign affairs and defense. submitted in May, alleging that NSO’s spyware was used in attempted surveillance of an Amnesty staff member.