Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Arutz Sheva - Israeli Arab Caught Spying For Iran

Arutz Sheva - Israel National News: " Defense/Security

Israeli Arab Caught Spying For Iran
16:22 Dec 07, '04 / 24 Kislev 5765

It was released for publication today that an Arab citizen of Israel, from the village of Baka Al-Gharbia, was arrested last month for spying on behalf of Iran.

Muhammad Ali Ahmed Sayid Ghanem was arrested on suspicion that he was recruited by Iranian intelligence during a trip to Saudi Arabia. During the visit, Ghanem met Iranian intelligence agents with whom he has been in touch ever since.

According to Voice of Israel radio, 57-year-old Ghanem received a number of assignments he was supposed to carry out in Israel on behalf of Iranian intelligence. According to Israeli police, Ghanem did not succeed in carrying out most of the assignments.

The Israeli-Arab spy was arrested on November 9 on suspicion of aiding an enemy state during wartime and having contacts with a foreign agent. He has been under interrogation since then and an indictment is scheduled to be filed today based on Ghanem’s confession, as well as evidence gathered during the investigation."

Reuters AlertNet - Qaeda verdict announcement on hold, Iran official

Reuters AlertNet - Qaeda verdict announcement on hold, Iran official: "Qaeda verdict announcement on hold, Iran official
07 Dec 2004 10:41:08 GMT

Source: Reuters

TEHRAN, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary will not be announcing the verdicts in the cases of several al Qaeda members who were tried in the Islamic state until the legal process permitted, an official said on Tuesday.

Tehran's Justice Department Chief Abbasali Alizadeh was quoted on Monday as saying that the judiciary had tried a number of arrested al Qaeda members.

"The issued verdicts will be announced when the legal obstacles were removed," the judiciary official, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

When asked about what were the "legal obstacles", the source said: "I have been told to give no further details."

Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said last year that some al Qaeda members whose citizenship had been revoked by their native countries would be put on trial in Iran, but refused to name them.

Hossein Mousavian, secretary of the foreign policy committee of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said in June that the suspects were middle-ranking al Qaeda members.

They had been "plotting against the national security of Iran and they have planned for terrorist activities inside Iran", he said.

The most important figure that Western intelligence agencies say may be in Iran is Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian. He is widely believed to have taken charge of al Qaeda operations after Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, was captured in Pakistan.

Iran has ruled out handing over any al Qaeda members to the United States but it says it had extradited about 500 to unspecified "friendly countries".

News of the trials is likely to anger Washington which has repeatedly called on Iran to hand over all al Qaeda suspects it is holding. Guilty verdicts sentencing them to long jail terms would make that an even more distant prospect.

Iran strongly rejects providing a safe haven to al Qaeda members, as Washington alleges."