Gonen Segev – Israeli ex-minister admits spying for Iran, faces 11 years prison sentence
January 9, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Israeli ex-cabinet minister, Gonen Segev will be jailed for 11 years. He admitted spying for Iran, says a statement from Israel’s justice ministry. He was allegedly recruited while he worked as a doctor in Nigeria. He served as the energy minister during the 1990s.
He had been accused of leaking confidential data about Israeli officials and high-security sites.
He was detained in Equatorial Guinea in May last year and extradited to Israel. As part of a deal with prosecutors, he has pleaded guilty to serious espionage.
The formal sentence will be awarded in a hearing on February 11.
In 2005, Segev was awarded a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of trying to smuggle 30,000 ecstasy pills from the Netherlands to Israel using a diplomatic passport with a falsified expiry date.
Even his license to practice medicine was revoked. However, after he moved to Nigeria post his release in 2007, he could work as a doctor there. According to investigators, Segev had contacted Iranian Embassy officials in Nigeria in 2012, and even visited Iran twice, allegedly to meet the handlers.
He was given a specialized communications system to send encrypted messages and used it to transmit information related to the energy sector, security sites in Israel, and officials in political and security positions.
While Segev admitted to the charge of espionage, he reportedly told investigators that he had been trying to “fool the Iranians and come back to Israel a hero”.
An initial charge of “assisting an enemy during a time of war” was removed from his indictment as part of his plea bargain.
Here is a case where Segev’s legal team says that the contacts with Iran were not to aid them but to fool them. Whereas, the investigators are looking at a history of smuggling, forgery, the motive behind possession of the specialized encrypted communication device, the reason of visits to Iran, transmission of classified and sensitive data to Iranians.
Ever since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, when religious hardliners came to power, Iran’s leaders have called for Israel’s elimination. Iran rejects Israel’s right to exist, considering it an illegitimate occupier of Muslim land.
Broadly the relations between Iran and Israel relations have had major phases, the period from 1947–53 where Iran voted against UN Partition Plan for Palestine and the admission of Israel to the UN. Then came the friendly period during the era of the Pahlavi dynasty. This was followed by the worsening period from the 1979 Iranian Revolution to 1990. Finally, the existing hostility since the end of the First Gulf War.
Israel has long been locked in a shadow war with Iran, which supports Islamist guerrillas in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Iran has accused Israel of being behind acts of sabotage and assassinations of scientists involved in its nuclear program.
In fact, the Iran-Israel proxy conflict is an ongoing proxy war between Iran and Israel. The conflict is bound in the political struggle of Iranian leadership against Israel and its declared aim to dissolve the Jewish state, with the counter aim of Israel to prevent nuclear weapons being acquired by the Iranian government and downgrading its allies and proxies such as the Lebanese Hezbollah party.
It is thus a matter of high importance for both Iran and Israel to obtain clarity on the reasons behind the contact between Iran and Segev.
Both sides, Segev’s legal team and the investigators, are suggesting contrasting reasons for Segev’s Iranian contacts. The truth behind the motive of Iranian involvement is out there but very difficult to be elicited. At this time, an impartial and modern investigative technology can be of immense help. Here, the technology being referred to is a forensic advancement which can radically transform the way suspects are convicted or freed. It can help investigators ‘read’ the hidden clues in a suspect’s mind that may link her or him to a crime. This revolutionary technology is called iCognative and it has been developed by Brainwave Science. It helps investigators to identify or exonerate suspects with unbelievable accuracy and reliability. The technology accomplishes by measuring the brain-wave responses to crime-related images, words or phrases displayed on a computer screen. These details are called stimuli. This technology is found to be more than 99% accurate. What’s more, iCognative is not at all invasive and involves no torture, unlike conventional interrogation which involves human suffering.
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In the case of Segev’s Iranian contact, the investigators have gathered a host of evidence which can be used to test the level of his involvement in transmitting confidential information to the Iranians. These details can be dates of visits to Iran, names of places and officials he might have met at the embassy and the handlers he might have met in Iran. Details related to the leaked information, like the names of the officials, names and pictures of security sites, information related to the energy sector can also be used as stimuli.
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Main source: Reuters
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