IDF Reservist Charged with Espionage, Trafficking

Benny Revayev passed secret information concerning Israel's activities on border with Egypt to Salman Jaribia for $13,000.

Shlomo Pitrikovsky,

Israel-Egypt border (file)
Israel-Egypt border (file)
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An indictment was filed with the Central District Court in Lod on Thursday morning against resident Salman Jaribia, 29, on charges of espionage, conspiracy, theft and disclosing secret information. 

Indictments were also filed against Iyad Kishek, 26, a resident of Jaljulia and Vadim Hodatov, 24, a resident of Hadera. Kishek is charged with weapons possession and arms trafficking, while Hodtov is accused of purchasing illegal weapons and possession of ammunition. 

According to the indictment, Jaribia conspired with IDF reserve soldier Benny Revayev to provide the soldier with 50,000 shekels ($13,000) in return for secret information. 

Revayev supplied Jaribia with information about IDF activity on the border with Egypt, which Jarabia in turn passed for a price onto others, who, as yet, remain unknown. 

As to the weapons charges against Hodatov and Kishek, evidence indicates Hodatov wanted to buy two pistols that Revayev was supposed to acquire. Hodatov paid Revayev, but the transaction was never completed, and Revayev returned the money to Hodatov. 

Shortly afterward, Hodatov again made contact with Rabaev and asked two purchase two different pistols. Hodatov, once again, paid Revayev before receiving the weapons. 

After acquiring the two pistols from his contact, Kishek, Revayev began driving toward Hodatov to bring him the guns but was stopped by police on the way.

Because Revayev's crimes were committed while he was in reserve service, his case will be handled by the Military Advocate General, in place of the state prosecution. 

The investigation was conducted by a special team comprised of the Intelligence and Investigation Department of the Israel Police, Lahav 433, and the special investigation unit of the Military Police. 




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