Israeli spies kidnapped a Palestinian man from a street in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and interrogated him before being freed by police, a Malaysian news organization has reported.
Malaysia’s New Straits Times reported on Tuesday that the Palestinian was bundled into one of two waiting cars by four men involved in the “snatch-and-grab” operation on the night of September 28.
The kidnapped man was beaten as he was driven to a house on the outskirts of the capital where, blindfolded and tied to a chair, he was interrogated over a video call.
“A video call had been set up in front of the victim. On the line were two men, believed to be Israelis, whose opening line to him was: ‘You know why you are here,’” the news organization reported.
“For the next 24 hours, the victim was interrogated and beaten by the Malaysian operatives when his answers were not to the Israelis’ satisfaction,” the news organization added.
The source also said the team of kidnappers, identified as Malaysians, had “bungled” the operation as they had let a second Palestinian man get away. The Malaysian operatives had also failed to cover their faces and had not placed fake registration plates on their vehicles, the source said.
The source said Mossad had employed Malaysian operatives it trained in Europe to carry out the operation which also cited Malaysian media as reporting that Mossad had recruited a cell of at least 11 Malaysians focused on tracking down Palestinian activists.
Mossad was previously linked to the 2018 assassination in Malaysia of Palestinian academic Fadi al-Batsh, 35, who was gunned down on his way to morning prayers in Kuala Lumpur.