Foreign Ministry Statement on Civil Suit against Egyptian Ambassador

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
December 9, 1997

The Foreign Ministry today (Tuesday), 9.12.97, learned from the media that a civil suit has been filed against Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel, Mohammed Bassiouny.

The following points should be noted:

  1. Ambassador Bassiouny is a veteran ambassador and enjoys considerable respect in Israel.
  2. The criminal investigation file opened by the police was, for all intents and purposes, closed by the State Attorney’s Office.
  3. The diplomatic immunity that the ambassador enjoys from Israeli jurisdiction applies to the circumstances of this case as well.