Israeli convicted of spying for Hizbullah (JERUSALEM POST) By DAN IZENBERG 11/28/02)
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Nissim Nasser, a Jewish immigrant from Lebanon who was charged with
spying for Hizbullah, was convicted of espionage by Tel Aviv District
Court Thursday after signing a plea-bargain agreement with the
The two sides recommended to the court that Nasser be sentenced to
six years in jail and a suspended sentence. The court is not obliged
to accept the joint recommendation.
Nasser came here 10 years ago and married here. He lived in Holon and
had two daughters. He is the son of a Shi´ite father and a Jewish
According to the indictment, Nasser carried out assignments for
Hizbullah through the mediation of his brother, Muhammad. He was
asked to provide Hizbullah with various types of information,
including maps of Tel Aviv with diagrams indicating the location of
gas depots and electric power stations, information on other
sensitive installations, troop movements, and government moves in the
Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon.
Nasser allegedly photographed installations several cities and was
asked to provide Hizbullah with a photograph of a close relative who
works in the defense establishment.
He was due to fly to an undisclosed destination to meet his handlers,
hand over the information, and receive payment, but was arrested
before the trip.
Prosecutor Dvora Chen told the court that six years was a reasonable
punishment for a man who only spied for a short time and did not have
access to classified information. The prosecution preferred a plea
bargain because it freed Shin Bet investigators from a lengthy trial.
Nasser´s lawyer, Ronit Robinson, said that his motive was not money
but fear for the safety of his brother. "Nasser himself had been
jailed in Lebanon and suspected of collaboration, and so understood
that if his brother turned to him and asked of him what he had asked,
he was doing so because he had no other choice," she told the court.
The sentence will be handed down on December 11. (© 1995-2002, The
Jerusalem Post 11/28/02)
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