Man charged with spying for Saddam denied bail

December 31, 2008 01:54


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A Canadian citizen suspected of spying for his native Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime was refused bail Tuesday amid concerns he would return to Canada and be out of US reach. A federal judge ordered Mouyad Mahmoud Darwish, 47, transferred to Maryland to face a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent for a foreign government. Darwish was arrested Dec. 24 while entering the United States at Buffalo. The Justice Department filed a criminal complaint Monday in Maryland, where Darwish was working as a restaurant cook while allegedly providing secrets to Iraqi government officials and intelligence officers.

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