Barak Happy with Swiss Verdict on Israeli Spy

Published July 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was satisfied with a Swiss court verdict Friday sentencing an Israeli spy to a 12-month suspended prison term, which would allow him to return to Israel immediately, Barak's office said. 

The defendant, known only under the pseudonym "Isaac Bental" for security reasons, admitted having participated in the illegal phone bugging of a man the Mossad intelligence service suspected to have contacts with Hizbollah group in Bern in 1998. 

The Swiss federal court found him guilty of acts carried out illegally for a foreign state and political intelligence service, as well as repeated use of false papers. 

The hearing, which opened Monday, followed the arrest in February 1998 of five Mossad agents trying to install a listening device in the cellar of a building in a Bern suburb. Four were released. 

The prosecutor had called for 15 months' imprisonment and a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs (3,100 dollars. 

"The prime minister expresses his satisfaction following the judgment handed down against the Mossad agent, which will allow him to return to Israel immediately," Barak's office said in a statement - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP) 

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