Cleared for publication: Former Israeli Minister Gonen Segev indicted for spying for Iran

Former minister and Knesset Member Gonen Segev was indicted last week for spying on the State of Israel for Iran, the Israel Police and the Shin Bet said Monday.

Segev was charged with espionage, aiding an enemy in war time, as well as providing information to the enemy.

Segev provided Tehran with information on Israel’s energy industry, security sites in the country, different facilities and political and military officials.

The former minister, who has been living in Nigeria in recent years,  since being released from prison after he was found guilty of drug smuggling in 2006. He traveled to Equatorial Guinea in mid-May 2018, where he was refused entry because of his criminal past. He was arrested by local police and sent back to Israel.


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According to the Shin Bet, Segev has knowingly been in contact with Iranian intelligence officials since 2012, meeting them in Nigeria and in Iran.

“Segev gave his operators information about [Israel’s] energy sector, about security locations in Israel and about buildings and officials in diplomatic and security bodies, and more,” the Shin Bet says.

Over the years as an Iranian agent, Segev met with his handlers in apartments and hotels around the world, which he believes are used for covert Iranian activity.

He also received an encrypted communications system to conceal the exchange of messages between him and his handlers.