An employee of Israel’s Foreign Ministry was arrested earlier this year, after he travelled illegally to Iran, the Shin Bet (Shabak) internal security agency revealed Sunday evening.
The employee in question, a student who was recently hired by the Foreign Ministry but had yet to actually start work in the position, was arrested as part of a joint operation of the Shin Bet and Israel Police’s Lahav 433 special investigations unit.
Authorities suspect the student travelled to Iran, where he reportedly stayed for a brief time, before departing the country.
The Jerusalem district prosecutor’s office is leading the probe into the trip, which has been under investigation for over a month.
On June 9th, the Rishon Letzion Magistrates Court ordered the suspect released, though the case remained under a censorship order. Details of the matter, including the identity of the suspect, remain under the publication ban.