German police arrest two suspected Syrian spies

February 7, 2012 14:04


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BERLIN - German police arrested two men on Tuesday suspected of spying on Syrian opposition activists for President Bashar Assad's intelligence services, prosecutors said.

The two men, a 47-year-old with German and Lebanese citizenship identified as Mahmoud El A., and a 34-year-old Syrian named Akram O., were detained in Berlin.

"The accused ... are strongly suspected of investigating members of the Syrian opposition in Germany over a period of years for a Syrian intelligence service," the Federal Prosecutors said in a statement.

About 70 police officers were involved in the operation and also searched apartments used by a further six suspects.

"The other suspects are also believed to have been involved in spying," the Karlsruhe-based prosecutors said.

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