Israel's Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by ex-Intelligence Agent

Published May 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israel's Supreme Court Thursday rejected an appeal by a one-time agent of the Mossad intelligence service against his five-year prison sentence imposed for producing false reports about Syria, court sources were quoted by AFP as saying. 

Yehuda Gil, 64, was sentenced in March 1999 for falsifying documents with the intention of harming state security, "theft of documents" and embezzlement, added AFP. 

Gil, who started his Mossad career in 1970, made contact with a high-ranking Syrian army officer in 1974 and became his handler, the court said. 

During the 1990s he started to feed "false information" to his superiors adding his own personal "completely fictitious" additions to the information supplied by the Syrian officer, it added. 

Haaretz newspaper said Friday that Gil's alarmist reports had twice led to an upsurge of tension between them and could have caused a war. 

Furthermore, Gil had received 39,000 dollars to reward his Syrian informant, whom he was presumed to meet in a cafe in Paris. Investigators found the money in Gil's flat, the daily added. 

The ex-agent, who had links with extreme right-wing Jewish circles, has been in preventative detention since November 1997. If he is given one third of the time off his sentence, he will be released in the next few months, Harretz added - (Several Sources) 

 

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