Alleged spy for Iran indicted in Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ali Mansouri, an alleged Iranian spy, was indicted in an Israeli court.

Mansouri, who has Belgian citizenship, was indicted Sunday in Lod District on charges of espionage and aiding an enemy in wartime.

The indictment came a week after a gag order was lifted on his Sept. 11 arrest at Ben Gurion Airport. He was carrying photographs of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv at the time.

Traveling in Israel as Belgian businessman Alex Mans, Mansouri is believed to have been spying on Israel for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. He reportedly told Israeli investigators that he was  promised about $1 million for his services.

Mansouri’s brother, Mansour, also worked for Iranian intelligence, according to the indictment, and was present at meetings between Ali Mansouri and senior Iranian intelligence officials, the Times of Israel reported.

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