Israeli Academics and Activists Call for Criminal Investigation into Pegasus Sale in Ghana – Report

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Even though there is enough evidence that Ghana has obtained and is probably using the dangerous spyware, Pegasus, there is a deafening silence on the subject in the country. However, not in Israel, the country where NSO Group, the developers of the spyware are based.

Pegasus can take control of a phone just with a missed call and without the target’s involvement, recording and sending messages to attackers.

According to a report from Dispatch of the Peoples, former speaker of the Israeli parliament, some scholars and activists in that country have called for an investigation into the sale of Pegasus software in Ghana. NSO Group sold the spyware to Ghana in 2016 through a private reseller in a deal deemed illegal and corrupt by an Accra High Court in 2020. Three former government officials were jailed for this act.

The report says that on behalf of former Israeli parliament speaker Avrum Burg, eminent sociologist Eva Illouz and 51 other scholars and human rights activists, attorney Eitay Mack wrote to the prosecutor on Sunday General of that country, Gali Baharav-Miara, May 22, demanding an investigation.

The complaint to the AG asks him to “initiate a criminal investigation” into the alleged illegal sale of defense equipment by NSO to the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana in 2016, through a private company registered in Ghana called Infralocks Development Limited (IDL), the report adds.

Although there was never a reaction from the government on this, it is now known that Pegasus may have been used against people linked to the opposition party in Ghana.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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