Israel charges ex-minister Gonen Segev with spying for Iran

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2018

He served a five-year sentence for attempting to smuggle thousands of ecstasy pills from Amsterdam to Israel, claiming he thought they were M&Ms.

Israel's internal security service has indicted one of the country's former cabinet minister on suspicion of spying for Iran.

Mr Segev, who is a trained doctor, served in governments led by Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres in 1995 and 1996. He left Israel in 2007 after his release from prison.

Following the investigation, the State Attorney (Jerusalem District), on 15 June 2018, filed a criminal indictment against Segev in Jerusalem District Court for the aforesaid offenses and for numerous charges regarding passing information to the enemy.

Segev, who in recent years has resided in Nigeria, moved to Equatorial Guinea in May.

Segev was lured to the Iranian embassy in 2012 under the guise of treating the children of its diplomatic staff, Israel's Channel 10 news reported.

According to the Israeli Shin Bet security service, the investigation into Segev revealed that he was an active agent for Iranian intelligence. Segev later met twice with his handlers in Iran. Segev claimed that the two agents had initiated contact with him because they wanted to discuss medical equipment, and since then he allegedly acted as an agent for Iran.

In order to accomplish the tasks he received from his Iranian operators, Segev maintained ties with Israelis connected to the Jewish State's security, defense and foreign relations.

According to Hebrew-language media reports, Segev during his interrogation told investigators that he had no ideological or financial motive in helping Iran, and that he did not hand over any classified information.

His lawyers said in a statement to the Hebrew press that the full charge sheet painted a "different picture" from that which can be seen from only the parts cleared for publication.

Segev passed information to his Iranian sources regarding Israel's energy sector, security sites in Israel, structures, and the identity of officials in the security and political establishments in Israel, among other things, Shin Bet said.

Segev was arrested upon arrival in Israel based on information gathered indicating that he may have been communicating with Iranian intelligence officials and assisting them in their activity against Israel.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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