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Israel accuses, charges ex-minister for spying for Iran



Israel accuses, charges ex-minister for spying for Iran

Authorities in Israel have accused and charged former energy minister Gonen Segev for allegedly acting as an agent on behalf of Iranian intelligence.

Security officials in Israel say Gonen who was once imprisoned for trying to smuggle ecstasy pills was arrested during a visit to Equatorial Guinea and extradited to Israel in May on suspicion of “committing offenses of assisting the enemy in war and spying against the state of Israel”.

It added that Gonen, acted as an agent for Iranian intelligence and relayed information “connected to the energy market and security sites in Israel including buildings and officials in political and security organisations”.

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According to a statement by lawyers of the 62-year-old former minister, details from the indictment remained a secret, as requested by the state.

“Even at this early stage it can be said that the permitted publication attributes extreme gravity to the events, even though within the indictment, of which the full details remain confidential, a different picture is painted,” said the statement.


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