Germany arrests suspected Libyan spy

22nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

German authorities said Wednesday they have arrested a Libyan man on suspicion of collecting information on members of the Libyan opposition living in Germany.

The man, named by prosecutors in a statement only as Omar K., 45, arrested in the eastern city of Halle on Tuesday, is accused of passing the information to a "foreign intelligence agency" between April and May 2010.

The statement added that K. reported to Adel Ab., arrested in Germany in May along with Adel Al. on suspicion of conducting spying operations in Germany and throughout western Europe. The two men were charged earlier this month.

Libya was among 17 countries and three territories listed by US watchdog Freedom House earlier this year as having "extremely oppressive environments, with minimal basic rights and persistent human rights violations."

© 2010 AFP

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