Ali Mansouri court 370.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Central District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an indictment with the
Lod District Court against alleged Iranian spy Ali Mansouri on Sunday morning
for spying and assisting an enemy in time of war.
Mansouri, 55, a dual Iranian-Belgian citizen, over the course of 2012 to carry
out terrorist operations in Israel, the indictment said.
Israel three times to establish fictitious corporations to serve as cover for
creating a terrorist infrastructure, which would include at least one more
Iranian agent who was expected to come to Israel, said the
Security forces arrested Mansouri at Ben-Gurion Airport on
September 11, while he was trying to leave Israel, five days after he arrived in
He acquired Belgian citizenship by marriage to a Belgian in
2005; the next year, he divorced her and changed his name to cover up his Muslim
identity, the indictment said.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and
the indictment said he had several meetings with Iran’s Quds Force, the
extraterritorial unit responsible for special operations, terrorism and
subversion run by the Revolutionary Guards Corps.
His initial meeting was
with Iranian intelligence agents Haji Hamid and Haji Moustafa at his office in
Karaj, 20 km.
west of Tehran, in February 2012, said the
In April 2012, Mansouri’s brother, whom he knew had past
involvement with Iranian intelligence, invited him to meet with Mahdi Hambabi,
who introduced himself as the supervisor of the agents Mansouri had met with
earlier and as a senior Iranian intelligence official.
covered his tracks to try to hide his espionage activities from the Israeli
security establishment, according to the indictment.
His techniques for
avoiding discovery included only traveling to Israel from European countries,
and not from Turkey, where he also had business, said the indictment.
indictment also alleged that he only traveled to Israel on his Belgian passport,
always leaving his Iranian passport behind, that he bought a telephone for use
only in Israel and that, except for once, he contacted his handlers in person in
Iran and not by any electronic means in Israel or Europe.
incident, he tried to contact his handlers via the Internet in Belgium, did not
succeed and was later rebuked.
Mansouri’s first visit to Israel started
on July 29, 2012, and was for only a few days, but he began a longer visit on
January 29, 2013, the indictment alleged. During his second visit he allegedly
took photographs of various locations.
After each trip, his Iranian
handlers carefully debriefed him about his activities and gave him instructions
for his next trip, the indictment alleged.
Mansouri was found with
photographs of a top-secret installation, the US Embassy and Ben-Gurion Airport,
as well as a review of the security procedures at the airport, such as the types
of questions asked to travelers, said the indictment.
stuck to his cover story as instructed by his handlers while under
interrogation, said the indictment.
However, during later questioning,
“Ali Mansouri described entering Israel under a Belgian identity using the alias
Alex Mans, as well as his recruitment and activation process by Iranian
intelligence elements,” the Shin Bet said.
Iran offered him $1 million in
exchange for his activities, said the Shin Bet.
The prosecution asked the
court to remand Mansouri to police custody until the end of the
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this story.