Israel: Former Cabinet Minister Was a Spy for Iran
A former Israeli government minister has been indicted on suspicion of spying for Iran, according to the country’s internal security agency Shin Bet. Gonen Segev, who served as energy and infrastructure minister from 1992 to 1995, stands accused of spying and aiding the enemy during wartime. In a statement, the Shin Bet said Segev, who had been living in Nigeria, “was recruited by Iranian intelligence and served as an agent.” He was arrested during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited to Israel, where he was indicted Friday. Segev was previously sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to smuggle more than 30,000 ecstasy tablets into Israel from the Netherlands and forging a diplomatic passport. He was released from prison in 2007.