Kovesi spying scandal: Black Cube denies wrongdoing by its employees


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Black Cube denies wrongdoing by its employees and says the reports that company co-CEOs Zorella and Yanus are being investigated are false, timesofisrael.com reports.

In a statement released in response to the reports, the company says its employees were themselves investigating claims of corruption by the Romanian government.

​“Recently, the company undertook a project in Romania to collect evidence of serious corruption in the Romanian government and its agencies. Whilst performing this work, two of the company’s employees were arrested after having made significant discoveries,” the statement read.

“Needless to say, all of Black Cube’s employees follow local law to the letter, and the allegations against them are unfounded and untrue. We have total confidence that the truth will be revealed, and they will both be released safely to return home in the coming days.”

Former Mossad director Meir Dagan was honorary president of Black Cube until his death last month.

Black Cube utilizes experts “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units,” according to the company website.

Romanian prosecutors are looking into who hired Black Cube to carry out the attack on Kovesi.

In December 2011 it was reported that three Israelis had been implicated in a EUR 136 million corruption investigation in Romania against businessman Remus Truica, the former chief of staff of Prime Minister Adrian Nastase.

Romanian prosecutors accused the Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and several other Israelis of conducting illicit real estate deals that cost the state nearly USD150 million.

Judicial sources in Bucharest said they believed Steinmetz, a mining magnate, and Shimon Sheves, the former chief of staff of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as well as the Israeli political consultant Tal Ziberstein, conspired with Truica to illicitly bring about the transfer of state-held lands to another Romanian citizen.

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