Trial of ex-Israeli minister who spied for Iran begins in Jerusalem

The trial of former Israeli minister Gonen Segev, who is accused of spying for Iran, began behind closed doors in Jerusalem Thursday morning.

Gonen Segev, a former energy and infrastructure minister who left Israel after serving time for drug smuggling, forgery and fraud between 2005 and 2007, appeared at the Jerusalem District Court, a day after the state prosecution released the full indictment against him.


Segev appeared at the Jerusalem District Court before a judge after being charged with espionage, aiding an enemy in war time, as well as providing information to the enemy. The trial is being held behind closed doors, before a three-judge panel.

The court extended his arrest until the conclusion of the legal proceedings against him.

Ahead of the trial, the Shin Bet released new details about the services performed by Segev on behalf of the Iranians.

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“Segev was drafted and acted as an agent on behalf of Iranian intelligence. The investigation showed that in 2012, a connection was established between Segev and officials from the Iranian Embassy in Nigeria. Subsequently, he twice attended meetings in Iran with his handlers while their identity as intelligence officials was known to him,” the statement by the Shin Bet said.

“The investigation revealed that Segev met with his Iranian handlers across the world in hotels and apartments that he assumed were used for clandestine activities,” it continued.

During the investigation, it goes on, “it became apparent that Segev transferred to his handlers information related to the energy sector, to security sites in Israel, to buildings, to people carrying out roles in the diplomatic and security bodies.

“In order to complete the assignments he received from his Iranian handlers, Segev made contact with Israeli citizens in the security domain and Israel’s foreign diplomatic circles. Segev worked to connect some of the Israeli citizens with Iranian intelligence officials while trying to fool them and present them as innocent businessmen,” the statement accuses the defendant.