Israeli Arab strikes plea bargain over Hezbollah espionage charges
Omar Saeed was suspected along with another Israeli Arab, Ameer Makhoul, of establishing contact with Hezbollah agent and passing him information which could serve to benefit the enemy body.
The Nazareth District Court on Thursday approved a plea bargain reached between the prosecution and defense team in the case of an Israeli Arab who had been charged with spying on behalf of Hezbollah.
Omar Saeed was accused along with another Israeli Arab, Ameer Makhoul, of establishing contact with a Hezbollah agent and passing him information which could serve to benefit the enemy body.
The plea bargain will now have Saeed charged with working for an illegal organization, a crime which will see him incarcerated for seven months.
The two sides held intensive negotiations over the details of the please in recent days, Haaretz has learned. The deal has no impact on the fate of Said's co-defendant, Makhoul, whose trial has yet to begin.
Makhoul, director general of the charity Ittijah (Union of Arab Community-Based Associations) was detained by the Shin and police anti-terror squads on May 6 on charges of espionage and contact with a foreign agent.
Omar Saeed, a member of the Balad movement, was arrested on April 24 on the same charges.
Makhoul was kept from meeting with a lawyer or speaking with his family for nearly two weeks after his arrest. He had been brought to court, but forbidden from participating in his own hearings.
Defense attorneys were finally allowed access to Makhoul after they on Sunday threatened to boycott a hearing unless they were allowed to meet their client.
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