Michigan man pleads guilty to spying for Saddam-era Iraq

[JURIST] Ghazi al-Awadi, an Iraqi-born naturalized US citizen, pleaded guilty to spying for the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, admitting in Detroit federal court that he provided the Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] with information about anti-Hussein organizations and individuals. Under the plea agreement, Al-Awadi, who is 78 years old and in poor health, will receive a prison sentence of no more than 51 months at his November 8 sentencing.

Al-Awadi and fellow Iraqi spy Najib Shemani, 58, were exposed following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, which allowed US authorities access to IIS intelligence documents. AP has more. The Detroit News has local coverage.



 

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