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[ISN] IDF mental health officer to be charged with contacting foreign agent
By Vered Luvitch
A revised charge sheet will be issued against Dr. David Shamir, a former
IDF mental health officer, for his attempts to make contact with Iranian
officials and other terrorist groups in an effort to offer his serves as
a spy in exchange for financial reward.
State prosecutors had originally charged Shamir with "grave espionage,"
but following talks between the prosecution and defense in the case in
recent weeks, it was decided to charge him with the lesser charge of
"contact with a foreign agent" and possessing information with the
intent of using it to harm the State.
Shamir, 45, was arrested by the Shin Bet in cooperation with the
police's Severe and International Crimes Unit. He is expected to plead
guilty to the revised charges.
There is currently no agreement on what kind of punishment he will
During court discussions on the Shamir case, state prosecutors argued
that the doctor had been exposed to classified material as a result of
his service as an IDF mental health officer in the reserves.
They argued that he had had access to IDF Medical Corps emergency plans
including the methods of medical corps deployment, the way in which
services are administered to the Home Front Command during times of war,
citizen evacuation plans in the case of missile attacks and various
other intelligence formations.
In the original charge sheet, Shamir was accused of "making contact via
e-mail with the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
He presented himself in the e-mail as an Israeli officer well-informed
with goings-on in Israel and noted that he was a well-connected member
of Israeli society."
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