Former National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror has been subpoenaed as a witness for the prosecution in the terror funding lawsuit against the Bank of China.
The billion-dollar lawsuit was filed in October 2012 by bereaved Israeli families who lost loved ones in the 2008 terror attack on Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. The attack, perpetrated by a lone gunman who committed suicide at the scene, left eight yeshiva students dead and 11 wounded.
The plaintiffs claim that the Bank of China knowingly laundered money for various Islamic militant groups, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, thus facilitating their weapons acquisitions and terror enterprise. The Bank of China has denied the allegations.
Amidror had recently submitted a deposition to the U.S. federal court hearing the case, supporting Israel's motion to quash a subpoena issued for former security official Uzi Shaya. Amidror said deposing Shaya in this case would compromise national security.
Shurat Hadin Israeli Law Center, which is representing the bereaved families, argued that Shaya's testimony poses no threat to national security since the documents it plans to question him over were made public five years ago.
The plaintiffs are represented by Israeli attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and New York attorney Robert Tolchin, and the latter plans on deposing Amidror on Monday, to have him explain to the court why he believes Shaya should be excused from testifying.
Should the former national security advisor fail to appear at the hearing, he would have to withdraw his deposition, but such a move could undermine the state's claim that Shaya's testimony will compromise national security.
"I expect Amidror to explain how the Prime Minister's Office -- which initiated this lawsuit -- is now trying to thwart it. We will continue to wage the legal battle against the Bank of China despite Israel's decision to capitulate to terror," Darshan-Leitner, who heads Shurat Hadin, said.