Israeli police arrested two men early last week for allegedly selling information about a sensitive security facility in central Israel to a foreign agent, Ynet reported Wednesday.
The suspects, two parents in their twenties from northern Israel and a town near Jerusalem, allegedly gathered information about the establishment where one of them worked and passed it on to foreign actors.
Both are suspected of a long list of offenses – national security, collecting and possessing classified information, making contact and passing national security information to a foreign agent, conspiracy, threats and assault causing serious bodily harm.
According to suspicion, one of the suspects collected information about the establishment when he worked there seven years ago, and his relative helped him store the material for him.
The material was then given to the parent’s 14-year-old sister to keep. She gave the equipment to a friend, who was asked to return the same equipment to the suspect who did not work at the establishment.
After the girl failed to return the documents in a timely manner, the suspects allegedly conspired together and attacked her on a school trip to northern Israel.
Several weeks ago, the relative headed for the Egyptian border with the installation materials in his possession.
After crossing the Sinai border, the suspect handed over the documents to a foreign agent.
The suspect’s parents contacted police after they were unable to reach him. Law enforcement discovered that he had entered Sinai without telling anyone.
The two suspects were arrested early last week and their pretrial detention has been extended several times. They were released on parole and placed under house arrest earlier this week.
The names of the suspects, details about the security installation and the contractor company that employed the suspect at the installation remain under gag order in accordance with the decision of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court for national security reasons.
Lawyer Yehuda Shoshan, who is representing one of the suspects, called the case “a purely serendipitous sequence of events which the Israel Police made a film of, which could at most be a comedy and has no connection with suspicion”.
Shoshan further stated that his client had no criminal record and denied ever receiving or transmitting classified information.