IDF Soldier Charged With Aiding Enemy in 'Facebook Spy' Affair

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Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights as they prepare to evacuate a wounded Syrian let in for medical treatment, September 23, 2014.Credit: Reuters

An Israel Defense Forces soldier has been charged with assisting an enemy, following a probe into his role in the "Facebook spy" affair, it was revealed Thursday following the lifting of a gag order.

Sudki Makat, a Druze supporter of the Assad regime in Syria and resident of the Golan town of Majdal Shams, was indicted last week with espionage and assisting the enemy during wartime, by means of image and posts on his Facebook page. Much of the affair is still under gag order.

The soldier, a resident of Daliat Al-Carmel, was questioned by the Shin Bet security service and Military Police. He is suspected of being in contact with Makat, knowing of his activities, and apparently providing him with information about his own military service.

Makat posted on his personal page Facebook page details about the IDF's activities along the border with Syria, and reported on these activities to Syrian news channels as well, in order to prove that the Israeli army was coordination with opposition forces in Syria.

Makat, who in the past served 27 years for security offenses, is the first "Facebook spy" caught in Israel. He was arrested in February after photographs of his were published showing Israeli soldiers in the Golan Heights speaking with members of an Islamist organization fighting President Bashar Assad's regime. After his arrest, he was prevented from speaking with a lawyer for 10 days.

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