(QNN) – The Israeli central court of Beersheba on Monday sentenced a former employee of the French consulate to seven years in prison after being convicted of transferring weapons from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank.
The former consulate officer, Roman Frank, used his diplomatic post to smuggle dozens of weapons through the Kerem Shalom crossing between the occupied territories and the besieged Strip, according to the Israeli court.
The prosecution claimed that Frank transferred weapons from Gaza and sold them in the West Bank.
The Israeli court also imposed a suspended prison sentence on the employee and a fine of 30,000 shekels in case of similar offenses.
The Hebrew newspaper of “Yedioth Ahronoth” said that Frank helped smuggle around 30 weapons from the Strip through a Toyota vehicle belonging to the consulate. Frank used his position as a “consular officer”, which allowed him to avoid security checks at the Erez crossing, and in return gained about 26,000 shekels.