Bar Lev to form commission to examine police NSO affair


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Bar Lev to form commission to examine police NSO affair
Last week, the attorney-general appointed a team to investigate wiretapping allegations made against the police.
Published: FEBRUARY 7, 2022

Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev announced on Monday that he would be forming a government commission of inquiry to examine allegations that police targeted civilians with the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, sparking an uproar as politicians and activists demanded the establishment of an independent commission.

The commission will be led by a retired judge and Bar Lev said he intends to ask Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar to provide a draft resolution for the committee to be given the main powers of a state commission of inquiry so that it can summon witnesses, investigate them and seize documents.

The announcement comes after a Calcalist report revealed a new list of alleged targets ranging from politicians to businessmen to protest leaders. The Pegasus spyware is capable of remotely and covertly extracting information from targets' cell phones, including texts, browser history, call history and screenshots, among other information.