Disgraced Israeli former cabinet minister spied for Iran

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Prison guards escort Gonen Segev into court in Jerusalem Prison guards escort Gonen Segev into court in JerusalemRonen Zvulun/Reuters

Jerusalem An Israeli former cabinet minister has admitted spying for Iran and agreed to serve 11 years in prison after a plea deal. Gonen Segev, 63, who held the energy and infrastructure brief in 1995-96, was recruited by Iranian intelligence while living in Nigeria, the Shin Bet internal security service said. He received an encrypted communications system from Iranian agents and supplied “information related to the energy sector, security sites in Israel and officials in political and security institutions”.

In May he was extradited to Israel from Equatorial Guinea, which he had been visiting, and was charged with espionage in June. Jerusalem district court has yet to approve the agreed sentence. Segev was jailed in 2004 for attempting to smuggle Ecstasy into Israel. He left…

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