US man sentenced to 18 months in Saddam regime espionage case

A man convicted of spying for Saddam Hussein's former regime and sharing information with the executed Iraqi dictator's intelligence service was sentenced to 18 months in prison, federal prosecutors said. Ghazi Al-Awadi, 78, a naturalized US citizen born in Iraq, pleaded guilty in July to acting as an agent of the government of Iraq under Saddam's regime. He was sentenced on Thursday. The government said that between May and November 2002, the Dearborn man obtained information about people and groups opposed to Saddam and then provided that information to the Iraqi Intelligence Service.