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Daily Israel Report

Former Druze MK Gets a Year in Prison for Syria Trip

Former MK Sa'id Nafa will be spending the next year in prison, convicted for traveling to an enemy country and meeting with foreign agents.
By Yaakov Levi
First Publish: 9/4/2014, 10:35 AM

Sa'id Nafa
Sa'id Nafa
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Former MK Sa'id Nafa will be spending the next year in prison. Nafa was convicted Thursday for traveling to an enemy country and meeting with foreign agents.

At issue was a trip Nafa organized to Syria in 2007. The indictment against Nafa includes charges against him and 16 other individuals, most of them Druze sheikhs, who illegally traveled to Syria between 2007 and 2010. The indictments were first handed down in 2011.

According to the indictment, Nafa met with a top terrorist of the Popular Front organization, Talal Naji, and other terrorists as well.

Nafa was sentenced to two concurrent terms of six months and a year in prison for two offenses, meeting with the terrorists and traveling to Syria. Dozens of members of the Druze community came out to support Nafa Thursday, saying that he was being “politically persecuted.” Hafa said that he planned to appeal.

Ironically, Nafa was chosen to replace another rogue MK – Azmi Bishara, who also met with enemy agents and disclosed to them Israeli military secrets. Bishara, who fled Israel in 2007, is still a fugitive from justice, accused of treason and espionage during the Second Lebanon War.