Former energy and infrastructure minister Gonen Segev was sentenced on Tuesday to only 11 years as a part of a plea bargain negotiated with prosecutors, after pleading guilty to spying for Iran.
Segev was accused of espionage, aiding an enemy in wartime, as well as providing information to the enemy.
Segev provided Tehran with sensitive information on Israel’s energy industry, security sites in the country, different facilities and political and military officials.
The former minister has been living in Nigeria in recent years, since being released from prison after he was found guilty of drug smuggling in 2006. He traveled to Equatorial Guinea in mid-May 2018, where he was refused entry because of his criminal past. He was arrested by local police and sent back to Israel.
According to the Shin Bet, Segev has knowingly been in contact with Iranian intelligence officials since 2012, meeting them in Nigeria and in Iran.
Over the years as an Iranian agent, Segev met with his handlers in apartments and hotels around the world, which he believes are used for covert Iranian activity.
He also received an encrypted communications system to conceal the exchange of messages between him and his handlers.