Fifty Iraqis jailed, fined for illegal use of phone lines

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Fifty Iraqis have been handed prison sentences ranging from five years to life for illegally using international telephone lines belonging to other citizens, a newspaper reported Tuesday.  

 

The courts also ordered the fifty, who were not identified, to pay fines totaling more than $500,000, Asma Mohammad of Iraq's telecommunications company said, quoted by the weekly Al-Rafidain newspaper. 

 

Iraq's telephone network, a large part of which was installed by the French group Alcatel in the 1980s, was hit hard during the 1991 Gulf War, and it has never recovered to previous levels. — (AFP, Baghdad) 

 

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