American man accused of spying for Iraq pleads guilty

January 17, 2009 02:44


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A Detroit man accused of spying for Iraq pleaded guilty on Friday to providing information to that country's intelligence agency in 2002 and 2003. Najib Shemami likely faces about four years in federal prison when he's sentenced in May. But defense lawyer Ed Wishnow said he'll argue that his client was being coerced by Saddam Hussein's regime. Shemami, 60, pleaded guilty Friday to aiding Iraq without approval from the US government. He's accused of traveling to Iraq to report on US and Turkish military activities and to supply information about Iraqi natives living in the United States. Shemami's case began with documents obtained by the government after the US invasion of Iraq.

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