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    Former Israeli energy minister Gonen Segev (C) appears at the Tel Aviv district tribunal 22 April 2004

    Iranian Twitter Abuzz Over Arrest of Israeli Ex-Energy Minister

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    The arrest of Gonen Segev, who has been accused of working as a spy for Tehran, sparked a storm among Iranian social media users on Monday, with many arguing that Israel had gone crazy with its anti-Iran hysteria.

    Gonen Segev, the former Israeli minister of energy and infrastructure, has been accused of providing Iran, Israel's major enemy, with sensitive data about security facilities and the country's energy industry.

    The investigation revealed that starting 2012, Segev had been in contact with Iran's intelligence via the Iranian embassy in Nigeria. The meetings with Iranian agents were held in hotels and apartments around the world, which were "used for secret Iranian activity," the police added.

    READ MORE: Israeli Ex-Energy Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Spying for Iran — Police

    The arrest has prompted vivid reactions among social media users.

    Many Iranians published posts on Twitter in which they expressed support and sympathy for the former Israeli energy minister under the hashtag #FreeGonenSegev and demanded his release.

    Some Twitter users appeared to be very much concerned with Segev's fate.

    Others slammed Israel for persecuting political opponents and cracking down on freedom of expression.

    Segev was a member of the Knesset (parliament) from 1992 to 1996, combining his parliamentary activity with the post of minister of energy and infrastructure.

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