Israel frees US professor accused of spying

July 31, 2006 03:14


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Israel has released a US college professor it had accused of spying, his wife said Sunday. Ghazi Falah, a geography professor at the University of Akron who has dual Israeli and Canadian citizenship, had been jailed since he was arrested July 8 after taking photos of Israeli installations along the northern border. Israeli authorities in the United States have said they suspected him of spying for hostile forces, but they were not specific. Falah's lawyer in Israel said Falah was accused of spying for Hizbullah and Iran. An Israeli court ordered Falah released Sunday after he was questioned about the pictures, said his wife, Jamila, of Wadsworth, near Akron. "They gave him the pictures and said, 'Here, take the pictures and do whatever you want with it,"' said Jamila Falah, 45, who said her husband had called her twice after his release. Ghazi Falah, 53, was not charged. His lawyer, Husein abu-Husein, said one of the photos included a military antenna, but added that his client denied spying.

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