Thursday, 15 January, 2009

Israeli charged with attempting to spy on behalf of Iran

By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
January 15 2009
Israel Police and the Shin Bet on Thursday indicted an Israeli citizen living in Argentina for allegedly attempting to spy on Israel on behalf of Iran. Mauricio Segel, who is a resident of Argentina, was arrested three weeks ago. He has been indicted on charges of holding contact with a foreign agent.

According to the indictment, Segel went to Tehran's embassy in Argentina in 2006 and offered to help Iranian nationals gain access to Israeli documents.

The defendant allegedly supplied the Iranians with his own passport and identification card and offered to provide more information in return for money. Segel was arrested by officials from the Shin Bet and the police's international crimes unit upon landing in Israel three weeks ago.

Last May, an Israeli man born in Iran was arrested for allegedly supplying intelligence information to Tehran intelligence in 2006. According to the Israeli investigation, the defendant supplied Iran with names of he knew apparently working for the defense establishment.


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