Court orders ex-minister be held for remainder of spy trial

The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday prolonged the remand of a former minister-turned alleged spy for Iran till the tip of authorized proceedings in opposition to him, as his case formally opened.

Gonen Segev is accused of “aggravated espionage” in addition to aiding the enemy in wartime, tried aggravated espionage and dozens of counts of trying to offer info to the enemy.

He allegedly met with Iranian intelligence officers repeatedly over the previous six years, supplying the Iranians with info.

Segev denies working in opposition to Israel’s pursuits.

The listening to, underneath Judge Rafi Carmel, came about behind closed doorways as a result of sensitivity of the case.

It took simply 20 minutes to learn the cost sheet in opposition to the person whose former ministerial duties included vitality and infrastructure.

Segev refused to reply reporters’ questions on his means into the court docket.

On Wednesday, prosecutors launched a full cost sheet, although many particulars of prices in opposition to Segev have been redacted.

Prosecutor Geula Cohen stated many gadgets would stay underneath wraps.

“We are trying to make available to the public as many details as possible, as we’ve done so far. But there are still things to which the public cannot be exposed,” she stated.

Former Israeli minister Gonen Segev interviewed in 2016 in Nigeria (Screen seize: Hadashot information)

Segev was arrested in May and extradited from Equatorial Guinea to Israel.

He had been dwelling in Nigeria since being launched from jail on a drug smuggling rap in 2007.

He was indicted in a Jerusalem court docket final month, however particulars of the fees in opposition to him weren’t instantly launched.

Two weeks in the past, permission was given to publish the truth that critical prices had been introduced in opposition to Segev. It emerged then that he had tried to satisfy with graduates of the Israel protection institution knowledgeable in fields equivalent to safety and infrastructure and to lure them to do enterprise in Nigeria.

In coordination with the Iranians, he allegedly supplied them the possibility to satisfy with people carefully linked to the Nigerian authorities who have been in truth individuals from Iran, based on Channel 2 News.

Israelis who smelled a rat reported their discomfort to the Israeli safety providers, and thus started the path that led to Segev’s arrest.

On Wednesday, a closely edited model of the cost sheet was launched.

As acknowledged by that, he allegedly met with Iranian intelligence officers repeatedly over the previous six years, together with twice in Tehran, having traveled to the Islamic Republic on a non-Israeli passport, based on the Shin Bet safety service.

In addition to allegedly supplying the Iranians with info, the prosecution additionally stated Segev “carried out various missions when he was asked.” The particulars of these “missions” have been redacted.

The cost sheet stated: “The defendant gave the Iranians secret information with the intention of harming state security. Among other things, the information included the location of security installations, the names of security personnel, and more. The accused also gave the Iranians dozens of pieces of information in order to harm state security.”

Segev, by his attorneys, has denied that he labored in opposition to the pursuits of Israel, saying that he was making an attempt to behave as a double agent in opposition to Iran within the hope of returning to the Jewish state as a hero.

Judah Ari Gross and Raoul Wootliff contributed to this report.

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