US Justice Department questions former hostages to build case against Hamas

US Justice Department questions former hostages to build case against Hamas

The U.S. Justice Department has been interviewing former hostages, survivors of the October 7 massacre and relatives of victims to build a case against Hamas and its financial backers, according to a Bloomberg report earlier this week, citing people familiar with the matter.

According to Bloomberg, to identify the kidnappers and create a timeline of events, some of the survivors traveled from Israel.

They allegedly shared videos and messages of the massacre with the FBI, which assisted in the investigation.

Hamas’s financial support

Another part of the investigation aims to unearth financial networks that support Hamas, such as Iran and Qatar.

Palestinians take control of an Israeli tank after crossing the border fence with Israel from Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, October 7, 2023. (credit: ABED RAHIM KHATIB/FLASH90)

Bloomberg cited a source as saying the investigation is aimed at determining whether U.S. financial institutions were affected by such financing.

The investigation reportedly includes prosecutors from the Washington and New York attorneys’ offices as well as the Justice Department’s counterterrorism unit.