Iranian Spy Sentenced to Seven Years by Israeli Court

(Jerusalem Post) Yonah Jeremy Bob and Daniel J. Roth - The Central District Court in Lod sentenced Iranian-born Belgian national Ali Mansouri to seven years in prison on Tuesday after convicting him of spying for Iran. Mansouri was apprehended at Ben-Gurion Airport in September 2013 while carrying photographs of a top-secret installation, the U.S. Embassy, and Ben-Gurion Airport. The Israel Security Agency (ISA) said Mansouri was part of the special-operations Quds Force within Iran's Revolutionary Guards, sent to Israel to locate potential terrorism targets. He acquired his Belgian citizenship by marrying a Belgian woman in 2005; the next year, he divorced her and changed his name to cover up his Muslim identity. During questioning, he "described entering Israel under a Belgian identity using the alias Alex Mans, as well as his recruitment and activation process by Iranian intelligence elements," the ISA said.

2015-04-22 00:00:00

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