Juba, June 8, 2016 (SSNA) — Israeli government on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to issue a “gag order” which will then limit public access into documents related to surveillance equipment which critics alleged to have been sold to South Sudan’s government.
Last month, Tamar Zandberg, a member of Israeli Parliament representing Meretz party filed a lawsuit, questioning the legality of Defense ministry motive to keep exporting spy tools to violence-ravaged young nation even after the civil war broke out.
Zandberg argued that the tracking equipment is being used by South Sudanese government to monitor its opponents and asked the court to barred the export license.
In the document, Israel asks the court to seal a petition which MP Zandberg filed against the government in May.
After learning that Israeli government ask the court to impose confidentiality, Zandberg says there is nothing to hide because documents related to listening devices sell to South Sudan have already been published in reports and the media.
Early this year, a United Nations (UN) panel of experts accused Israel of keep selling high-tech communications interception equipment to South Sudan even after the civil war erupted.