The Shurat Hadin – Legal Action Center told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that the key witness and former Israeli defense establishment member in the terror financing case against the Bank of China is sending them a letter that he is “inclined to testify” in the case despite possible opposition by the Israeli government.
The witness, who court documents name as Uzi Shaya, has already filed an affidavit in the case stating that he was present at key meetings between Israeli and Chinese officials, including officials from the Bank of China, in 2005 in which the Israeli officials provided evidence and notice to the bank and to China that Islamic Jihad and Hamas were using the bank to launder and transfer funds.
Shaya’s testimony is a primary source of evidence which could disprove the bank’s claim that it did not have notice of the terror financing activities until it was sued.
The case was all over the headlines in July when reports came out that the Israeli government might have pressured Shaya not to testify in the case in order to appease China.
According to the reports, China threatened to cancel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to China if Israel did not prevent Shaya from testifying.
Shurat Hadin, who represents 22 families in the case, said that Shaya’s letter will indicate that he has faced potential opposition from the Israeli government about testifying, but that he believes he can testify anyway.
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