An Israeli ex-minister was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Tuesday for spying for his country’s main enemy Iran, with prosecutors saying the plea bargain was necessary to avoid revealing secret information.
Gonen Segev, who served as energy and infrastructure minister from 1995 to 1996, had previously agreed to a plea bargain on charges of serious espionage and transfer of information to the enemy.
Court hearings were held in secret due to the nature of the case.
Little was revealed of the motives of the 63-year-old, who was already disgraced after having been convicted for drug smuggling and attempted credit card fraud.
Prosecutor Geula Cohen confirmed to journalists outside the Jerusalem district court that the judge had accepted the plea bargain and issued the sentence.
Segev attended the closed hearing. “He admitted having given information to the Iranians over five years,” Cohen said.
“The agreement is aimed at protecting security sources and keeping information confidential. A longer trial would not have allowed all the information to be kept secret,” Cohen further said.
She added that “an Israeli who spied for Iran in Africa and who ends up in prison in Israel is an important victory.”
Segev’s lawyer Moshe Mazor said his client had expressed regret for his actions.
“We think that the verdict conforms with his actions and has not been lightened as much as some have written,” he told journalists.
His lawyers had previously said a charge of treason had been dropped as part of the deal.
The Shin Bet domestic security service previously accused him of providing Iran with “information related to the energy market, security sites in Israel, buildings and officials in political and security bodies, and more.”
The crimes occurred while he was living in Nigeria between 2012 and his arrest at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport in May 2018, according to Shin Bet.
It said Segev had been in contact with Iranian embassy officials in Nigeria and he later visited the Islamic republic for meetings with his intelligence handlers.
“Segev also met with his Iranian handlers in various hotels and apartments around the world which he assumed were used for covert activity,” Shin Bet said when announcing his arrest.
“Segev even received secret communications equipment for encoding messages between him and his handlers.”
He had attempted to visit Equatorial Guinea just before his arrest, but authorities there refused him entry due to his criminal record and transferred him to Israel at the request of Israeli police, the Shin Bet said.
Israeli media have reported that after his arrest he claimed to have wanted to act as a double-agent to help Israel.
Iran’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, said last year that Iran had placed an agent “in the cabinet of a country that has a very strong intelligence service” in what was thought to be a reference to Segev.
But some Israeli observers cast doubt on the value of Segev’s information.
“If Gonen Segev was Iran’s biggest intelligence asset in Israel then we can continue to sleep soundly at night,” columnist Ben Caspit wrote in Israeli newspaper Maariv after his arrest last year.
“Segev hasn’t had access to any real information for two decades, and the damage that he could have caused Israel wasn’t large,” Caspit said.
Segev served in the Labour government of late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin after defecting from the far-right to cast the decisive vote in favour of the Oslo II peace agreement with the Palestinians.
He was also part of Shimon Peres’s government after Rabin’s assassination in 1995.
Segev, a medical doctor who had been barred from practicing in Israel, has previously served prison time on criminal charges.
In 2004, he was charged with trying to smuggle 30,000 ecstasy pills into Israel from the Netherlands using a diplomatic passport with a falsified expiry date.
The following year, he admitted the charges as part of a plea bargain.
He has also been convicted of attempted credit card fraud.
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Pakistan in war mongering syndrome after abrogation of article 370
BJP led NDA government has abrogated the special status to Jammu and Kashmir by repealing the 70-year-old article 370 and 35 A.
Imran Khan government in Pakistan and its media are so badly frustrated that they have increased the arms and ammunitions and its forces on the Ladakh and Indo Pakistan border across LOC. Its foreign and internal security ministers Shah Mohammed Qureshi and Fawad Chowdhary have issued highly irresponsible statements in the Pakistan General Assembly.
They spoke about staging a war against India as well as issued a direct threat of nuclear attack against India. In an interview to Pakistani news channels and in a debate in parliament Pakistan, the foreign minister said that the coming 3 months are quite critical and challenging for Pakistan. He even said that there is the possibility of war with India at the end of the year.
Even Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan has threatened of a befitting reply to India. The Pak’s interior security minister and PM Imran Khan’s close confidante Fawad Chowdhary in his hard-hitting address in Pak General Assembly has openly challenged the Indian government saying that each and every Pakistani would sacrifice his or her life for Kashmir. They would continue their relentless fight for securing Kashmir come what may. Both the ministers while issuing an open threat to India have even gone to the extent of stating that the Nuclear arsenals are not kept in Pakistan for mere exhibition but would be used against India.
The television news channels of Pakistan are disseminating poisonous tirade against India. They are twisting the facts to the core. They are spreading complete lies to provoke its populace against India. This is especially after the abrogation of article 370 from Kashmir. This is despite knowing very well that its an internal affair and prerogative of the government to take any action that is best for the country.
Spreading misinformation campaign against India has become the order of the day for the Pakistani news channels and print media. This is in conjunction with the Pak PM Imran Khan and his ministers issuing irresponsible provocative statements against India. They want to take every possible advantage of the Kashmir situation. This is especially after the historic decision of the Indian government of abrogating the special status related article 370 and 35 A from the strife-torn Kashmir. Frustrated Pakistan PM Imran Khan has not even desisted himself against using derogatory remarks against India and meddling in its internal affairs. He tweeted three days ago: The curfew, crackdown and the impending genocide of Kashmiris in IOK are unfolding exactly acc to RSS ideology inspired by Nazi ideology. An attempt is being made to change the demography of Kashmir.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan often forgets that it is his government and the ISI which has been openly aiding and abetting terrorists. They aid the perpetration of killings and genocide in Kashmir. They have already violated ceasefire agreements about 2000 times. It should first put its own house in order instead of creating disturbances and destabilization in Kashmir and other parts of India. Pakistan as a country is in economic shambles with a begging bowl in its hand. Pakistan has been reprimanded by the USA a number of times. Pakistan has also been completely isolated in the international sphere.
Warmongering against India by Pak PM and his ministers is nothing but an act of frustration. An economically bankrupt country like Pakistan would be fully destroyed and finished if it really goes for a war against India. These “Geedad Bhapkies” coward threats are nothing but frustration against India.
Responding to Pakistan’s threat and the assembly of extra force and arms and ammunition at the LOC, Indian Army chief Vipin Rawat warned Pakistan of strongest possible retaliatory action if need be. He added that India is fully prepared for any eventuality.
Meanwhile, the Indian film industry and the music companies in India have strongly condemned Indian singer Mikka’s participation in a ceremonial function in Pakistan and for performing there. Mikka has been banned by them and would not be given the opportunity to record his songs by these music companies in Bollywood.
Modi with Bear Grylls in Man Vs Wild on Discovery Channel
Today is the world premiere of the popular Man Vs Wild programme in Discovery channel at 9.00 PM with its globally popular host Bear Grylls and prime minister Narendra Modi.
They are to appear on television sets of 180 countries of the world in a documentary on wildlife encounter in Jim Corbet National Park’s dense jungles and river valley. They are gossiping, having an encounter with wildlife, drinking tea inside the jungles, sitting beside the riverbank and also travelling in a hand made canopy boat along with Bear Grylls against the high-velocity river tides.
The newspapers of the country are full of full-page expensive advertisements from Discovery channel titled Discovery channel’s UNMISSABLE ADVENTURE IN THE LAP OF NATURE AT 9.00 PM TONIGHT/World Premier with prime minister Narendra Modi and Bear Grylls. They are seen in hunting attire talking to each other on the river bank holding a tea Thermax together. This episode to be telecast today in over 180 countries of the world is being chiefly co-sponsored by Indian Oil and Havel.
This is significant and unique because it’s for the very first time that any Indian prime minister would be participating in a documentary of Discovery channel with shooting done at Jim Corbet National Park in Uttarakhand. The shooting of this episode was executed on the day of the Pulwama tragedy in Kashmir, the most ill-fated day which claimed the toll of more than forty troopers of Indian Army. The opposition leaders had created controversies and had blamed the prime minister Narendra Modi for being busy in shooting when our jawans died in the fidayeen attack in Pulwama Kashmir. The charge strongly opposed by the ruling BJP as false and concocted.
According to sources the prime minister was deeply concerned and was in regular contact of the authorities concerned to guide them of the possible action. The shooting took place in the morning and was called off as soon as the information was received about the tragedy. In the promos and advertisement released prior to the telecast, the prime minister was seen in his hunting jacket greeting the Man Vs Wild host Bob Grylls. The PM had said ‘Welcome to India’ and was then walking in the green dense jungles of Jim Corbet Wildlife park, sailing on a canopy boat and also interacting with Grylls on Wildlife conservation etc.
In the past United States’ President Barak Obama and several other prime ministers of different countries had appeared in Bear Grylls wildlife episodes. However, Narendra Modi would be the first and only Indian PM to appear in this programme of Discovery Channel.
So stay tuned at 9.00 PM on Discovery Channel to watch Modi in Man Vs Wild doing several feats as a commoner in his hunting attire.
Law firm proprietor Murali Lal Thapliyal contests as MP from Brampton West, Canada
A proud Uttarakhandi settled in Canada since 2003 owner of a prestigious law firm Murali Lal Thapliyal is contesting as an MP from Conservative party in the federal elections being held in the month of October, belonging to a village in Garhwal Uttarakhand. A leading advocate and proprietor of Thapliyal and Rai Law Firm in Brampton West Canada Muralilal Thapliyal left his village for Mumbai in search of a job at the age of seventeen. He worked as a farmer in his village and completed his higher secondary education in his native place.
Reaching Mumbai he got a job in Mahindra and Mahindra Company where he worked for 12 ling years and also completed his graduation, BA LLB, LLM, MA and thereafter practiced for 7 years in Mumbai High Court. This is indeed a rag to riches story by the dint of hard work, perseverance, and commitment of a boy from a village reaching a dream city Mumbai and thereafter carving a niche for himself with a great amount of dedication and hard work with integrity.
In an interview to a Hindi channel of Canada Conservative candidate, Murali Lal Thapliyal said that I am from a peasants family primarily. After serving in Mumbai High Court for 9 long years, I was acquainted by my friends in Canada and through the news about this beautiful country Canada, the prospects there and great career opportunities. I was made aware of this dream city where everyone could prosper and make ways ahead.
Therefore highly enthused I left India with my wife and two kids and finally came to Canada in 2003 considering myself too lucky and fortunate.
A dedicated lawyer and a committed socialite having confronted lots of challenges in his life full of struggle Murari Lal’s believes in honesty, reliability, integrity and hard work which is also his tag line. He reiterates: if you follow these four words and bring them into true practice, no power on earth can stop you from reaching the top.
Murari Lal says: Canada is a dreamland and land of opportunities. All the immigrants here are too lucky and fortunate to shape their future and lead an excellent quality life.
Giving details about his interest in politics and the ideology he represents Thapliyal says that he joined the Conservative party because he was immensely impressed by the former prime minister Eastman Harbour. Moreover, since he had a background of a student leader his interest in service to the society and politics further generated from within. He adds: My mother used to say: if you become big in life one day to serve others as everybody serve themselves but no one does anything for others.
I had my mother’s wish in mind. Therefore I joined active politics and the Conservative party. Hard work with integrity and dedication is my core principle. When I came to Canada in 2003 I started my Law firm as an individual. Slowly and gradually it grew and I got a partner Prashant Rai. We formed Thapliyal and Rai Law Firm which is quite popular today having a massive clientele adds Thapliyal.
About his dedication and progress in life, Thapliyal adds: I used to work from 4 early mornings till 11.30 night and the hard work finally paid with the massive support of the multicultural and multilingual Canadians.
About his adoration and love for the party, he represents Thapkiyal says: I believe in Conservative values and former PM Eastern Harbour due to his towering and impressive leadership and tremendous acumen as well.
When the global economy viz the economy of US, China, India, etc were in jeopardy it was Canada under his leadership which stood up strongly without any hassles with the value of Canada’s dollar more than the US dollar. He further states that the Conservative party believes in the law of the land, to manage the nation’s affairs within the indigenous economic parameters, family values, and no vulgar ostentations, etc.
When I started observing the credibility of political parties after 2003 I found the liberal and NDP parties useless but conservation as a visionary party committed to working for the people and the country. So I joined it says Thapliyal about his association with the Conservatives.
Praising the constituency he is representing and criticizing his immediate political rival Thapliyal says: the most growing city of Canada is Brampton West with a whopping population of 7 lakh people.
The sitting Liberal MP Kamal Khera has literally done nothing during his tenure to serve the people. There is no university in Brampton West despite repeated demands of the electorates neither any infrastructural development.
Liberal MP Khera has never raised voice in Canadian parliament for the welfare and well being of the people of this constituency. I am getting regular feedback from people of multicultural ethnicity visiting my office and complaining me says Thapliyal.
He further adds that there had been no structural development as well. The Brampton West has been completed neglected. It’s because of these negligencies on the part of Kamal Khera the sitting MP of the liberal party I have decided to contest to fulfill the incomplete works and am amply sure rather fully confident on ” Dhanke ki chot” that I will win from Brampton West this time to serve my people.
I am sure because the way they have made me triumphed in the first ballot to be eligible for the ticket of conservative party MP, they will also make me victorious in the incoming election in October with a heavy margin.
About his future plans highly confident Thapliyal says that after winning the election my basic aim would be to generate employment through constructing hospitals, industries, universities, and educational institutions, etc. in Brampton West and serve the masses to the core to their fullest satisfaction and the faith they would be reposing in me and my leadership.
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Terrorism by Pakistan was the central theme of PM’s talks with Xi Jingping and Vladimir Putin at SCO summit in Kyrgystan
Prime minister Narendra Modi after wining the second term as prime minister has his moral very high in the SCO summit in Bishkek capital of Kyrgystan where he’d not only impressed upon the the Chinese president Xi Jingping about instructing Pakistan to close its terror sanctuaries completely and bring hard core international terrorists JEM chief Asad Masood and LET and JUD chief Hafiz Sayeed to real justice by not only arresting them but also severely trying them in courts for incessant terror deaths in Mumbai, Kashmir,Pulwama and other parts of the country.
Prime minister Narendra Modi has explicitely told the the father of Pakistan China that India will not hold any talks with Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan till Pakistan mends its ways and puts a complete stop to aiding and abetting terrorists in India.
Prime minister Narendra Modi held two rounds of dialogues with Chinese president Xi Jingping and Russian president Vladimir Putin including with the heads of other countries in Kyrgystan emphasising on a single point of global terrorism and its immediate stoppage.
He also convinced other nations to dwell on this important issue of terrorism first than talking on other bilateral matters, as safety and security of humanity is the first and foremost duty of the world leaders.
If there will be global peace only then will everyone be able to talk on other developmental issues. The Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was seen to have been completely sidelined in the sense that it being the only country in the world supporting and abetting terrorism was viewed by every world leader with doubts and losing credibility.
While prime minister Modi spoke on every bilateral matter with both Xi Jing Ping and Vladimir Putin, his centre of emphasis was on ending terrorism globally and by Pakistan in Asia.
As for now, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi has outrightly and specifically denied holding any type of bilateral talk with Pakistan’s premier unless or until to shows actions and commitment to free its land from terror sanctuaries completely not just a cover up to misguide the world community.
It may be recalled that China considered to be the God father of Pakistan in every way which was earlier scuttling the measures of US, UK n France by using VETO against them favoring Pakistan by not allowing JEM’s Masood Azhar to be included in the UN terror list has to finally bow down to international pressure and India’s diplomatic dexterity. China withdrew its VETO and the UN declared Masood as designated International terrorist.
This could only be possible due to the hard work done by India’s diplomats in UN and the capable leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi. The leaders of current member countries of Shaghai Cooporation Organisation are : Xi Jingping, Peoples Republic of China, Narendra Modi, Republic of India, Kassim Jomart Tokayev Republic of Kazajistan, Soron bay Jeebekov, Republic of Kyrgyztan, Imran Khan, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation, Republic of Tazikistan and Republic of Uzbekistan
Today marks World Day Against Child Labour
Wednesday, 12 June 2019: While the World Day Against Child Labour is being observed today (Wednesday, 12 June) throughout the world in an appropriate manner to raise awareness about the plight of child laborers global.
Almost every year 100 of children drop out from school to help their parents for livelihood, and many are forced into child labour by crime rackets, while many never get to see school because of poverty.
In India, eradicating child labour, creating awareness and discouraging the issues and demands for child labour comes a long way.
In line with this goal, In 2002, the International Labor Organization (ILO) introduced June 12 as the World Day Against Child Labor every year, to give visibility that affects children around the world.
This year’s theme is ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’.
ILO defines this goal to generate awareness and encourage the basic changes so that no child is deprived of the opportunity of accessing education, health, recreation, and basic freedoms.
According to a report by the National Child Labour Survey, some 1.2 million children are still trapped with the trouble of child labor. And the number is astonishing- around 218 million children between the age 5 to 17 years are in employment, of which 152 are the victims of child labor.
We will be able to stop child labour together if we no longer accept it. Not in mines, not in agriculture, not in factories, not in the household and not in the products we buy.