Nahum Manbar 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Havakuk Levison)
Nahum Manbar, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for selling
chemicals to Iran and providing know-how on weaponizing them, was
released Monday, after the state said Monday it would not
object to his early release. Manbar has served 14 years of his 16-year
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Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein told a prisoner
release committee that he does not object to Manbar's early release from
was convicted in Tel Aviv District Court in 1997 of signing a contract
with the Iranian government to supply it with know-how and chemicals for
its military effort, and to help establish factories to produce the
chemical weapons. He received $16 million in return.
These and other crimes were committed between 1990 and 1994, even after
he had been warned to stop his contacts with Iran and had repeatedly
promised to do so.
Four years ago, Manbar applied for early release based on good behavior
during his time in prison. The state did challenge whether he qualified
based on good behavior, but objected to his release based on the grave
nature of his crime. The application for early release was rejected on
the basis of the state's objections at that time.
Another application for early release was filed one year later but was also rejected.
In reviewing the most recent application, security officials decided
that Manbar does not pose a threat to society after having undergone
significant rehabilitation in the past three years since his last
request for release.
Following a meeting in which he reviewed the latest application for
Manbar's release, the attorney-general decided not to object to his
conditional release. Manbar agreed to several conditions that will be
imposed on him, including a ban on leaving the country, a ban on holding
contacts with foreign citizens, a ban on giving media interviews.
Additionally, Manbar is forbidden from doing any business related to the
weapons trade.Dan Izenberg contributed to this report