Ali Mansouri court 370.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The state is expected to indict suspected Iranian agent Ali Mansouri on Sunday morning for various spying-related charges, according to a statement released by the Justice Ministry.
Mansouri was arrested while trying to leave Israel on September 11, security sources announced earlier this month.
The man had been sent to Israel to set up a base for Iranian intelligence and terrorism networks, the sources said.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said the 55-year-old suspect had been recruited by Iran’s Quds Force, the extraterritorial unit responsible for special operations, terrorism and subversion run by the Revolutionary Guards Corps.
The suspect was found with photographs of the US Embassy and Ben-Gurion Airport.
“During questioning, the suspect, 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.
Mansouri is a Belgian citizen and a businessman of Iranian origin, who was instructed to arrive in Israel and set up a business network that would serve as a covert base of operations for the Iranian regime to act against Israeli and Western interests, the investigation revealed.
Iran offered him $1 million in exchange for his activities.