Germany charges man with spying for Syria

September 25, 2007 14:46


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Prosecutors said Tuesday that they have charged a man with dual German-Syrian citizenship with spying on Syrians living in Germany. Federal prosecutors said they charged the man, identified only as 57-year-old Atef N. from Bonn, with working as an agent for a secret service. The charges were filed at a Duesseldorf court on Aug. 10. The man is accused of agreeing to work for intelligence services in Syria during a visit to the country in 2001 or 2002, a statement from prosecutors said. Until last year, he gathered information on the activities and organizations of Syrians living in Germany, it added. The suspect has yet to respond to the accusations against him. There was no immediate word on when his trial might begin.

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