Algeria: 'Israel spy' gets 10 years

Local journalist sentenced for passing info on al-Qaida-linked group to Mossad.

July 8, 2007 09:04
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An Algerian court sentenced a local journalist to 10 years in prison on Sunday morning after he was convicted of spying for Israel, Army Radio reported. The man, Said Sanun, was accused of passing information to the Mossad regarding a local terror group affiliated with al-Qaida. Two weeks ago, an Egyptian court convicted nuclear engineer Muhammad Sayed Saber, 35, on similar charges and sentenced him to life in prison. Saber was accused of passing documents stolen from the Egyptian nuclear agency to the Mossad in exchange for $17,000. Israel has denied any connection to the affair. Two others, one Japanese and one Irish, who were tried in absentia on spying charges, received life imprisonment along with Saber. AP contributed to this report.

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