Former minister Segev sentenced to 11 years jail for spying for Iran

Former cabinet minister Gonen Segev was given a reduced sentence of 11 years in jail on Wednesday by the Jerusalem district court after striking a plea bargain with the prosecution. He pleaded guilty to spying for Iran and passing secrets to an enemy government after the charge of treason and aiding an enemy of the state was dropped. Former Knesset Member and Energy and Infrastructure Minister from 1995 to 1996, Gonen Segev’s detention by the Shin Beit was first revealed in June. Evidence had accumulated of his recruitment as an agent for Iranian intelligence. In 2012, he opened a link to Iranian intelligence via its Lagos embassy. He later met with his handlers in Iran and around the world in hotels and apartments used by Iranian intelligence services. Gonen was given a code for encrypting messages to his handlers. More details of the case are under a gag order.

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