An Israeli court has charged a Palestinian engineer kidnapped by Mossad in Ukraine with developing rockets for the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas.
The southern district prosecution filed an indictment against Dirar Abu Sisi on Monday, Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported.
"Abu Sisi was engaged in the development of missiles to be launched by Hamas, including increasing their range and ability to pierce steel so as to penetrate armored vehicles and thus strike at soldiers," a summary of the indictment said.
Abu Sisi has rejected all charges and Hamas has said he is not a member of the group.
"I am not guilty. I have no connection to security operations against Israel," Abu Sisi said.
In an interview with Army Radio, Abu Sisi’s sister said on Monday that Israeli authorities are violating her brother’s basic rights.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged that Tel Aviv is responsible for kidnapping Abu Sisi in Ukraine.
The Palestinian was kidnapped on February 19 after boarding a train in the eastern city of Kharkiv bound for the capital Kiev. He was in Ukraine applying for citizenship.
Two hours after the train’s departure, two unidentified individuals came inside the train carriage and took Sisi away at Poltava station, according to a train conductor’s statement.
Abu Sisi was a manager at the Gaza Strip’s main power plant. Some reports have linked Abu Sisi’s abduction to Israel’s intent to sabotage the work of the only power generation unit in Gaza.
The abduction of Sisi has raised concerns among Palestinians who reside in Ukraine over their security and the extension of Mossad’s activities in the European country.