Israeli convicted of passing Iran information


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli man was convicted of passing information to Iran after accepting a plea bargain.

The Tel Aviv District Court and defense attorneys have not yet agreed on the punishment, according to news reports.

During a 2006 visit to Turkey, the man visited the Iranian Consulate several times and agreed to pass information to Iranian intelligence officials. Other details of the case are under a court gag order. The man, whose name is also under the gag order, was arrested last May on a return trip to Israel.

The man’s attorney said his client acted as he did because he was in economic distress and "had no intention of harming the State of Israel or its institutions," according to Ynet. The attorney added that the man had no information that could have helped the Iranians.

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