Gonen Segev, a former Israeli cabinet minister indicted on suspicion of spying for Iran, is escorted by prison guards as he leaves the court in Jerusalem on July 5, 2018. / AFP / RONEN ZVULUN
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A former Israeli government minister went on trial Thursday on charges of spying for archfoe Iran in a case which has been kept under tight wraps on security grounds.Journalists were excluded from the hearing, which was held behind closed doors at Jerusalem district court.The brief hearing saw the charges read out to Segev, lawyers said, and the case was adjourned until September, without a precise date set.Segev, who served in the Labor government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after defecting from the far right to cast the decisive vote in favor of the Oslo II agreement with the Palestinians, has previously served prison time on criminal charges.In 2004 he was charged with trying to smuggle 30,000 ecstasy pills into Israel from the Netherlands, using a diplomatic passport with a falsified expiry date.
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