Journalist Blau to be charged with aggravated espionage

May 30, 2012 13:27

Uri Blau, the journalist who took classified IDF documents from former IDF OC Central Command secretary Anat Kamm, is to stand trial, the attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein announced at noon on Wednesday.

Kamm, now aged 22, is serving a four-and-a-half year prison term following her February conviction under a plea bargain under which she had pleaded guilty to gathering and storing classified military documents during her mandatory army service and transferring them to Blau, a political affairs reporter for left-leaning Hebrew daily Haaretz. The Tel Aviv District Attorney said on Wednesday that Weinstein had heard and "seriously considered" arguments put forward by Blau's attorneys against Blau's indictment, but had decided to reject them.

Blau will be charged under the Penal Code with aggravated espionage, which stipulates that if a person obtained, collected, prepared, recorded or kept secret information without authorization, but without intent to harm state security, he will face a maximum seven years in prison.

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