An Israeli citizen has been arrested on suspicion of committing serious security offenses that damaged national security, it was cleared for publication on Wednesday.
He was arrested as part of a joint investigation by the Shin Bet security service and the police, held in detention and interrogated for a few weeks. In the first 20 days of his detention, he was denied the right to meet with his lawyer, at the order of the court.
The suspect's identity, the suspicions against him, and other details of the affair have been put under gag order by the Ashkelon Magistrate's Court. The affair itself has been cleared for publication following petitions by Haaretz and Ynet, filed by lawyer Yaron Hanin of the firm Lieblich-Moser-Gluck.
The suspect's lawyers, Avi Himi and Moshe Weiss, said in response that “despite the bombastic headlines, this is a suspicion that will end in a whimper. Our client is a citizen who is loyal to the state of Israel.”