Former Israeli Minister pleads guilty to espionage charges

Former Israeli energy and infrastructure minister Gonen Segev, who was arrested some eight months ago on charges of being an active agent for Iran’s intelligence agency pleaded guilty after he confessed to passing sensitive information to his handlers in Tehran. According to the plea deal, which was reached after a long trial behind closed-doors, the former Israeli Minister is expected to serve up to 11-years in prison. According to the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem, Segev, who served in late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s Labor-led government during the mid-1990’s, met with Iranian agents across the world and provided his handers with information regarding Israel’s security and energy sectors. It is important to note that the former Israeli minister has a criminal history. In 2003 Segev was found guilty of credit card fraud and in 2004 he was convicted of attempting to smuggle drugs from the Netherlands into Israel. While the legal defense team of Segev said that the charges had been changed to reflect his plea deal; the Iranian foreign ministry did not immediately respond to TV7’s request for comment.