Gonen Segev, a former Israeli lawmaker, is accused of spying for Iran and aiding the enemy during wartime, the Shin Bet security service said Monday.
Segev, a physician who served as energy and infrastructure minister from 1992 to 1995, was jailed for five years in 2005 for trying to smuggle more than 30,000 ecstasy tablets into Israel from the Netherlands and forging a diplomatic passport. He was released in 2007.
Segev, who in recent years has resided in Nigeria, where he ran a clinic that served ambassadors, embassy workers, diplomats and businesspeople, traveled to Equatorial Guinea in May. Local police handed him over to Israel after refusing to allow him to enter the country because of his criminal record.
He was arrested upon arrival in Israel based on information gathered indicating that Segev may have been in communication with Iranian intelligence and assisting them in their activity against Israel.