Sudanese Court Sentences Tunisian Man for Spying

Published August 26th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

A Sudanese court on Saturday sentenced a Tunisian man to 15 years in jail for running a spy network that tried to show that Sudan was in league with Islamic terrorists, reported SudaneseOnline.com.  

Ali bin Mustafa bin Hamed was found guilty of providing his country's embassy in Khartoum with information on the Sudanese military, as well as forged documents to make the connection with the terrorists, presiding judge Mohamed Sir Al Khatim Gharbawe said, cited by the news service. 

Hamed's arrest was announced in July, but security authorities said he had been detained about two months earlier.  

No details were available on the delay of the arrest announcement, it said.  

Four Sudanese men involved in the spy ring have also been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to one year.  

They were identified as Mohammed Ahmed Al Badawi, Shaiboon Suliman, Ali Al Zain and Abdullah Suliman.  

According to AFP, Hamed had earlier confessed to the court he was paid for information on Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, a 1995 attempt on the life of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, as well as on Egyptian, Algerian and Tunisian fundamentalists in Sudan. 

Tunisia's ambassador in Khartoum told the agency in July Hamed was also wanted in his home country as a member of the Islamist Nahdha (Renaissance) Movement and for planning acts of terrorism. 

Sudan's alleged support for Islamist radicals has long been a major point of friction between it and neighboring countries such as Egypt – Albawaba.com 

 

 

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