Israel arrests alleged Iranian spy
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
Israeli officials announced Sunday they had arrested a man accused of spying for Iran.
Alex Mans, who grew up in Iran and also lived in Turkey and Belgium, was detained on Sept. 11 at Ben-Gurion International Airport as he attempted to leave Israel.
Officials say Mans was approached last year about spying for Iran and was promised $1 million to do so. They say he posed as a window and roof salesman and was instructed to make business deals with Israeli companies in order to allow him to return to the country.
Mans, officials reported, admitted to working with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an Iranian organization responsible for several terrorist attacks on Israel. Mans visited Israel three times since July 2012 and took photographs of several places that are of interest to Iran, Israeli security forces say.
The two nations have a contentious history, with Iran refusing to recognize Israel. As the government of Iran has attempted to improve the country’s relationship with western nations recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been critical of Iran’s intentions.
Mans’ attorney said his client is innocent of spying for Iran, and the circumstances are more convoluted than Israeli officials say.