Israeli Minister arrested over spying for Iran: Intelligence Report

Israeli Minister arrested over spying for Iran: Intelligence Report

JERUSALEM - Former Israeli government minister Gonen Segev, 62, has been charged with spying for Iran following last month’s arrest on his return to Israel after being refused entry to the West African state of Equatorial Guinea, Israeli security officials said on Monday.

The Shin Bet domestic security agency said in a statement that Segev was charged on Friday with “offences of passing information to the enemy in time of war and espionage against the state of Israel” after an investigation showed that spied on behalf of Iranian intelligence.

The agency also said that Segev had been in contact with Iranian embassy officials in Nigeria, in which he previously lived, and later visited Iran to meet with his intelligence “handlers.”

"Segev gave his handlers information related to the energy market, security sites in Israel, buildings and officials in political and security bodies, and more," it said.

A statement from Segev's lawyers said that most details of the charges were under a state-imposed blackout. Little information has been released, giving a misleading impression, they said. The facts which have been cleared for publication "give the appearance of acts of the gravest kind," they said.

"However from the contents of the charge sheet, whose full details are blocked, a different picture emerges," they said.