Israel Sentences Iranian Spy Recruited In Nigeria

  • 10,Jan 2019 04:57 AM
  • By Iwedi Ojinmah

The  Israeli Justice ministry has declared former minister Gonen Segev as a spy. He will serve an 11-year prison sentence for admitting to spying for arch-foe Iran.

The Jerusalem District Court set a sentencing hearing for February 11.

Segev, energy minister from 1995 to 1996, was indicted in June. The Shin Bet internal security service said at the time that he was recruited by Iranian intelligence while living in Nigeria.

Investigators found that Segev made contact with officials at the Iranian embassy in Nigeria in 2012 and that he visited Iran twice for meetings with his handlers, the Shin Bet said.

Segev, who was extradited from Equatorial Guinea and arrested in May, was charged with providing Iran information about “energy market and security sites in Israel”.

Segev, a physician, was jailed in 2004 for attempting to smuggle “Ecstasy” pills into Israel and left the country in 2007 after his release from prison.

Segev served in the Labour government of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after defecting from the far right to cast the decisive vote in favour of the Oslo II peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Israel has long been locked in a shadow war with Iran, which supports armed groups in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

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