The disgraced former minister, who has been imprisoned for smuggling drugs, was arrested in May for providing Iran with information on Israeli security and energy.

Gonen Segev in court in 2006

Gonen Segev in court in 2006 Photo credit: Flash 90

A former Israeli lawmaker is facing espionage charges over his contacts with Iranian officials, Israeli media reported on Monday.

According to the information that can be revealed at this point, Gonen Segev, who served as Israel’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure in Yitzhak Rabin’s government, was arrested in May for providing Iran with sensitive information on issues relating to Israeli security and energy.

Segev reportedly offered his services to Iran back in 2012, while he was living in Nigeria. He then began working for the Iranian intelligence and met with his handlers twice on Iranian soil. Later meetings were held at hotel rooms and apartments around the world.

Last month, Segev was reportedly denied entry into Equatorial Guinea and was questioned there. He was returned to Israel shortly after and was immediately arrested by the Israeli authorities.

Segev’s lawyers stated that the information revealed implies that the allegations are “more severe” than they actually are.