Yemen: Death sentence for Israeli spy upheld

Published April 3rd, 2010 - 12:50 GMT

A Yemeni appeal court upheld on Saturday a death sentence passed against a Yemeni citizen convicted of trying to work for Israeli intelligence services. According to Reuters, the court also upheld jail sentences of five and three years handed down for the same offence to two other Yemenis in March 2009.


The three had been convicted of emailing the Israeli prime minister's office and offering to work for the intelligence service of the Jewish state. The three men had denied the charges, which they said were fabricated by an officer with whom they had a dispute.


The three, arrested in 2008, had been also convicted of demanding money from the embassies of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

They had been also accused of claiming, in the name of a group calling itself Islamic Jihad, an attack on the U.S. embassy that killed 19 people in September 2008.


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