The former director of Israel’s Shabak internal security agency has been forced to flee from Denmark following a formal complaint accusing him of committing crimes of torture and brutality against Palestinian detainees.
Carmi Gillon was attending the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival when he learned that a pro-Palestinian organisation had filed a complaint against him with the Danish police, demanding his arrest. Gillon is reported to have left the country hastily to avoid being detained. He is also a former Israeli ambassador to Denmark.
The Danish prosecutor’s office, however, rejected the complaint due to the lack of sufficient evidence. A similar complaint was submitted by a Danish member of parliament and several torture victims in 2002. That was also rejected by the legal authorities.