Israel jails Trojan Horse spy couple


Israel jails Trojan Horse spy couple

Antony Savvas

The UK-based Israeli couple at the centre of a Trojan horse industrial espionage scandal in Israel have been jailed.

After a previously reported plea bargain that was accepted, Ruth Haephrati was sentenced to four years in prison, and her husband Michael was jailed for two years.

Ruth is said to have sold the Trojan horse spying virus to private investigators, who then used it to steal information on major Israeli companies on behalf of their clients.

Husband Michael is said to have written the virus, initially to be used against members of his ex-wife’s family.

The couple were arrested at their London home last year and extradited to Israel at the beginning of this year.

The pair will also pay the victims of their virus £250,000 in compensation, as part of the plea bargain.

Israeli authorities have already indicted others allegedly connected to the scandal.

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