An Iranian spy has been caught operating in Israel, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed on Sunday.
Ali Mansouri was allegedly offered $1 million by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to set up front organizations for covert Iranian activity against Israeli and Western interests, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Mansouri, a Belgian citizen of Iranian ancestry, entered Israel three times using Belgian documents under the name Alex Mans, working at developing contacts with businessmen in Tel Aviv.
He was arrested on September 11 by the Shin Bet and the police force’s International Crimes Unit at Ben-Gurion Airport before boarding a flight to Europe, and was found carrying pictures of the U.S. Embassy in Israel.
Mansouri was born in Iran in 1958 and left the country with his family for Turkey in 1980. He obtained a visa to work in Belgium in 1997 and became a citizen of the
country when he married a Belgian woman in 2006.
He returned to Iran in 2007, working to expand his business connections in the country. He moved among Belgium, Iran and Turkey in the following years and married an Iranian woman after divorcing his Belgian wife.
However, defense lawyers representing Mansouri denied the charges against him and objected to their client being detained without access to a lawyer for nine days. They claimed that a more complex picture than that presented by security forces would emerge in court.