– IRANIAN SPY ARRESTED IN ISRAEL
Ali Mansouri told Israeli investigators how he was recruited by Iranian intelligence. He made trips to Israel in July 2012 and January 2013. His third visit began on September 3 and ended upon his arrest on September 11.
During his interrogation Masouri revealed that he returned to Iran in 2007 and has since expanded his business at the country while maintaining operations in Turkey and Belgium. He later married an Iranian woman and was singled out as a possible recruit by Iranian intelligence.
In 2012, Ali Mansouri was offered to act as a spy in Israel. He was instructed to set up a business infrastructure in Israel that will serve as a cover for Iranian intelligence operations. To this end he was instructed to make trips to Israel, forme business ties and initiate long-term contracts in the country.
Mansouri set up a business for windows and canopies working with stores and restaurants. He would introduce himself as a Belgian businessman and operated several websites and Facebook pages.
According to the Shin Bet, in his interrogation, Ali Mansouri described his recruitment process and how he was operated by Iranian intelligence agents for months. He gave many details about his operators and their methods of contact.
Some of the Iranian operators Ali Mansouri discussed included Haji Mastafa, a staff-level official who met with him and was briefed by him on his tasks in Israel; Haji Hamid Nemati, who served as the main point of contact; and Mahdi Hanbabai, who oversaw Mansouri’s missions inside Israel.
Ali Mansouri added that he was ordered to cover up his visits to Iran, where he usually headed to in order to report back to his operators and receive further directions after his Israel trips. His Iranian operators hoped his Belgian identity would allow him to bypass the rigorous Israeli security inspection at Ben-Gurion Airport.
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