UN-backed investigator into Yemen war crimes targeted by ONS spyware

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New Delhi: The cell phone of a UN-backed investigator investigating possible war crimes in Yemen has been targeted by spyware made by the Israeli group NSO, the Guardian reported citing a new forensic analysis of the ‘device.

Kamel Jendoubi, a Tunisian who served as chairman of the late Group of Eminent Experts in Yemen (GEE) – a panel commissioned by the UN to investigate possible war crimes, was targeted in August 2019, according to a report. analysis of his cell phone. by experts from Amnesty International and the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, according to the report.

The targeting reportedly took place just weeks before Jendoubi and his panel of experts issued a damning judgment which concluded that the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war had committed “serious violations of international humanitarian law” that could lead to to “criminal liability for war”. crimes “.

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Jendoubi’s cell phone number also appears on a leaked database at the heart of Project Pegasus, an investigation into NSO by the Guardian and other media, which was coordinated by Forbidden Stories, the French non-profit media group. .

The leaked list contained a number of individuals believed to have been selected as potential targets for surveillance by NSO’s government clients, the report added.

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