US: Trial to begin for alleged Iraqi agent

January 8, 2006 04:43


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Court proceedings are scheduled to begin Monday for a man charged with espionage after he allegedly brokered the sale of names of US intelligence operatives in Iraq to Saddam Hussein's government before it was toppled. Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban, 53, maintains he is a victim of mistaken identity and that authorities confused with a dead twin brother who worked for the CIA. An FBI-led investigation into Shaaban lasted more than a year and resulted in his arrest in March. A federal grand jury indicted him that month on charges of illegally procuring naturalization and a driver's license, acting as a foreign agent, violating sanctions against Iraq and conspiracy.

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