JERUSALEM Israel (Xinhua) --
A senior security official of Israel’s leading
airline El Al was arrested along with three others over
suspected involvement in cocaine smuggling, the Israeli police
The main suspect,
Rami Yogev, serves in a classified and sensitive security
position in El Al, with responsibilities including coordination
between Israel’s Shin Bet security agency and the company’s
overseas missions. He has been working at El Al for 25 years.
Yogev was arrested
on Sunday at his office in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, after
which a large amount of cocaine was found in the suitcase of one
of the other three suspects arriving at the Ben Gurion Airport
from Johannesburg, South Africa.
The suspicion arose
that Yogev took advantage of his position and the company’s
aircraft in heading a smuggling network.
Shalom Beno, one of
the suspects, had served as officer of Israel’s Shin Bet and
secret intelligence service Mossad, and head of security for the
Prime Minister’s Office.
Yogev has denied the
“Because of his
classified security role, we will not be able to elaborate
further. We are certain that the police will release him soon,”
his attorney said.