Ex-Israeli minister accused of Iran spying to serve 11 years
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s justice ministry says it’s reached a plea bargain with a former government minister accused of spying for archenemy Iran.
Wednesday’s statement says that Gonen Segev will serve 11 years in prison after confessing to severe espionage and passing information to an enemy. It says the agreement will be brought to a judge next month. It provided no further information.
Segev has been accused of providing Iran information about the “energy market and security sites in Israel.”
Last year’s disclosure was another stunning turn for Segev, who served as energy minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the mid-1990s. He was arrested in 2004 for attempting to smuggle 32,000 illegal Ecstasy tablets from the Netherlands to Israel using an expired diplomatic passport, and served prison time for that.