Saudi Charged with Spying for Hamas

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JERUSALEM, Israel - A Saudi national holding Australian and Jordanian passports has been indicted for spying for Hamas.

Israeli authorities arrested Iyad Rashid Abu Arga, 47, last month at Ben Gurion International Airport as he attempted to enter the country.

The Petah Tikva District Court charged Arga, a computer engineer from Saudi Arabia, with serving and being a member of an illegal organization and extended his remand until legal proceedings are completed.

According to the indictment, in 2007 while he was living in Australia, Arga contacted Abu Nazmi, a Hamas operative. Two months later, a second Hamas operative interrogated Arga. In 2008, the suspect met with more Hamas members in Syria, where he underwent arms training.

The indictment charges that Hamas used Arga's computer skills with tracking devices, encrypted telephones, photography, and missile tracking and guiding systems.

In 2010, another senior Hamas operative met with Arga in Mecca and Riyadh and instructed him to prove he could enter and leave Israel with his Australian passport. He was also told to gather information on Israel's security apparatus.


Ynet news contributed to this report.

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