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Sources: Iranian former defense minister in Israeli jail
Published Sunday 08/05/2011 (updated) 09/05/2011 12:16
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Former Iranian deputy defense minister Ali Riza Asghari has been detained in Israel since his abduction by the Mossad in 2006, sources told Ma'an.

The sources said Israeli authorities had imposed a gag order on the country's media forbidding them from reporting details of the case.

Iranian officials and Asghari's family have accused Israel's Mossad of abducting the former cabinet minister, who disappeared during a visit to Turkey in December 2006.

Shortly after Asghari's disappearance, a senior US official told The Washington Post that the Iranian had defected and was providing Western intelligence services with information on links between Hezbollah and Iran.

In March 2009, a former German Defense Ministry official also said Asghari had defected, and that he was providing information on Iran's nuclear program.

Iranian news sites reported in November 2009 that Asghari was being held in an Israeli prison. At the time, Israel's Foreign Ministry declined to comment.

Journalist Richard Silverstein reported in December 2010 that Asghari was found dead in his cell in Israel's Ayalon prison.

Silverstein cited reports by the Israeli news site Ynet and the Israeli daily Haaretz that a security prisoner had committed suicide while in solitary confinement in Ayalon prison. Ynet cited a gag order in its report, and the news was later removed from the site.

A source close to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak revealed that the deceased prisoner was Asghari, Silverstein said.
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1 ) obs / Sweden
08/05/2011 14:15
All statements blocked search. Nobody sourch double agents. Mossad is capable of any action for they neither lack money nor support of bribed oficers in many Security services. i read how Danes rapport all to Mossad. For sure they get extra money for that.Salaries in Police worldwide are poor. I do not think he was spy.Thus I am sure even Germans, individual, get paid to support Israel, rob own country And all in that direction.

2 ) elias / palestine
08/05/2011 14:33
so this news is now mentioned.

3 ) Carlos / USA
08/05/2011 16:03
What parts of this story are true? I believe Israel kidnapped the poor guy. I believe israel executed him. How could a prisoner get a gun to shoot himself in the head? In terms of nuclear weapons Israel is the biggest threat to the rest of the world. Israel is lawless in its pursuits. Israel behaves like a homocidal schizophrenic. It could have let the guy go. What can he find out about Israel in prison? Israel is truly criminal.

4 ) translation / check
08/05/2011 16:52
arabic says he was kidnapped from Istanbul in 2007

5 ) alameen / South Africa
08/05/2011 17:22
They kidnapped him to get info on the Iranian nuclear programme, but came up with nothing. Obviously, therefore, the programme must be peaceful and all their expressed "conccerns" about Iran's intentions are lies.

6 ) Ish Kabibble / Delancey
08/05/2011 18:49
3) Carlos

So you believe, so what ?

Israel hasn't threatened anyone with nuclear weapons, although Iran has threatened to destroy Israel repeatedly

I must commend you for having so much knowledge from the remote USA

7 ) johnny benson / usa
08/05/2011 21:27
...hey carlos...c-mon...give israel a break...they are just trying to stay alive in one bad neighborhood...they never ever used nuclear weapons..even in 73 when they were on the ropes..outnumbered 200 million to 5 million...thats just in the area....maybe 2 billion to 12 million world wide...under constant attack in the last 60 years..knowing full well ..one lost war would be the end.....it seems to me that they are what they need in order to durvive.....

8 ) marge / US
08/05/2011 22:19
Apartheid, Zionazi Israel will continues its crimes and atrocities in the ME and world until it is held accountable. Countries afraid to retaliate against Apartheid Israel because it is under the protection of the superpower USA must get nuclear bombs to ease their fear. The US does not attack countries with nuclear weapons, which is why it is imperative that Iran and Arab countries get nuclear bombs to equalize the balance of power in the ME and stop Apartheid Israel's crimes and atrocities.

9 ) Chimo / USA
09/05/2011 00:00
Since you are obviously a terrorist supporter Carlos, why don't you get out of our country? The USA supports Israel 100%, and if you don't like it, go to Mexico where you can be happy with all the Narco traffickers who are executing people everyday

10 ) Ian / NL
09/05/2011 11:25
This has been common knowledge since more than a year ago... Oh the poor guy... What? Cos he's iranian he's a poor guy? Whatever you think of Israel or Mossad, they never do anything for nothing... And, before you criticise your neighbour, clean up your own house... Shalit? Get the picture?

11 ) joe / PALI
09/05/2011 14:14
Israel is just full of cold blooded murderers. The day is coming where all their sins and crimes will be brought to justice!!!

12 ) James / USA
09/05/2011 15:11
#9 - you sound like a fascist and a racist & b/c of that, whatever your argument is, it gets lost in your stupidity.

1) Questioning a story doesn't make anyone a "terrorist supporter." That makes you sound like an uneducated idiot.
2) Every American has the right to question & criticize authority. If YOU don't like that, go live in a more friendly atmosphere like North Korea.
3) Some politicians are pro-Israel 100% but not every American is.
4) W/ a name like "Chimo", you're one to talk...

13 ) Julie / USA
09/05/2011 21:51
#12 James - BRAVO! but i have one more to add to your list 5) #9, YOU are a traitor of the US constitution since you clearly do not support Carlos' 1st amendment right of free speech
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