Hiafa District Court on Sunday sentenced Arab-Israeli political activist Amir Makhoul to nine years in prison. Makhoul was charged with espionage, assisting an enemy at a time of war and maintaining contact with an enemy agent.
He admitted to the charges against him and continued to accuse the the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) of singling out Arab-Israeli public figures. Makhoul vowed to continue his public activism after he completes his sentence.
In May 2010, Makhoul was discovered to have been recruited as a spy for Hizbullah. He transferred, via a specially-designed computer encryption system, strategic intelligence information on Israeli security services to the Lebanese guerrilla organization.