Golan Druse man indicted for passing info to Syria (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 07/30/12)
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A Druse resident of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights has been
arrested for allegedly passing on intelligence information on Israeli
military positions to the Syrian intelligence, it was revealed for
publication on Monday.
According to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Dr. Iad Johary
admitted that between 2005 and 2008 he was in touch with various
officials in Syrian intelligence agencies and was also in touch with
him during his medical studies in Syria.
A resident of Majdal Shams, Johary was arrested at the Quneitra
Crossing between Israel and Syria earlier this month. Johary left
Israel in 2002 for medical studies in Syria and returned every summer
up until 2008 when he remained in Syria to complete his exams, his
cousin and lawyer Kisah Johary said at the time.
In 2009, he met a Druse woman from Syria and they decided to marry.
The couple then decided to return to Majdal Shams where Johary
planned to open a family medical practice.
Before each trip back to Israel during his studies, he was ordered by
Syrian intelligence to gather information on IDF deployments in the
Golan Heights, the Shin Bet said. Johary allegedly purchased
equipment that he used to gather the information and then transfer it
to the Syrians.
The Shin Bet said that Johary admitted to providing information about
the locations of IDF bases in the North, about IDF training in the
Golan Heights, IDF patrols along the Syrian border, about security
measures at the Quneitra border crossing and about other residents of
the Golan Heights who are opposed to the Syrian regime.
He also allegedly passed on to his Syrian handlers an Israeli
communications device, papers about a military jeep he discovered and
an Israeli cellular phone SIM card. Johary told his interrogators he
assumed the equipment was used by the Syrians to eavesdrop on Israeli
Johary also allegedly discussed his activities on behalf of the
Syrian intelligence with two Druse friends in the Golan and asked
them to pass on additional military information that could also be of
interest to Syria. He and one of the friends also developed a code
system that was used to send Johary information from Israel while he
was studying in Syria about Israel patrols along the border.
Johary told his handlers about his friend and offered them a meeting
with him during a trip his friend took to Jordan, which took place.
The state brought charges against Johary on Monday in the Nazareth
District Court for allegedly maintaining contact with a foreign
intelligence operative and passing information to the enemy. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/30/12)
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