Yemen charges man with spying for the Mossad

Aden's Defense Ministry names 24-year-old computer engineer, who it says traveled to Israel, carried Israeli ID.

January 4, 2013 12:31
Soldiers in Yemen

Soldiers in Yemen 370 (R). (photo credit: Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters)

ADEN, Yemen - A man in Yemen has been charged with spying for Israel and will soon face trial in the southern port city of Aden, official sources said on Friday.

The man was arrested three weeks ago in the city of Taiz after a period of surveillance, and was named as 24-year-old computer engineer Ibrahim al-Dharahi, the Defense Ministry's official newspaper reported on Friday, citing a judicial source.

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He was brought to Aden where, following an investigation by the criminal prosecutor, he was charged with being an agent working for the Mossad, the source said.

His case will be referred to Aden's criminal court in the coming days, the source told the September26 newspaper.

Dharahi had traveled to several Arab countries as well as to Israel, the report said.

"The man carried two ID cards - one Yemeni, one Israeli," a security official in Aden told Reuters, declining to be named.

In Jerusalem, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said: "We have no knowledge at all of this matter."

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