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Israel ex-minister to get 11 years for spying for Iran

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

An Israeli ex-charged with spying for the country's arch-foe has reached a bargain with prosecutors that will see him serve 11 years in prison, the justice ministry said Wednesday.

As part of the agreement, will plead guilty to serious espionage and transfer of information to the enemy, the ministry said in a statement.

A sentencing hearing was set for February 11.

The trial of Segev, who served as and infrastructure from 1995 to 1996, opened in July but was held behind closed doors, with few details of the accusations publicly released.

Segev served in the of prime Yitzhak after defecting from the far right to cast the decisive vote in favour of the Oslo II peace agreement with the Palestinians.

He has previously served prison time on criminal charges.

In 2004, he was charged with trying to smuggle 30,000 ecstasy pills into from the using a diplomatic passport with a falsified expiry date.

The following year, he admitted the charges as part of a bargain.

He has also been convicted of attempted credit card fraud.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:45 IST