Libyan found guilty of spying in Germany

8th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A German court Tuesday handed down a 14-month suspended jail sentence to a Libyan man found guilty of spying on exiled members of the Libyan opposition in Germany.

The 46-year-old man, identified only as Omar K., was found guilty of monitoring the Libyan opposition in Germany between May 2010 and his arrest in September, the court in Berlin said in a statement.

He passed the information to his case officer in Germany in return for payment. The same court sentenced the officer and another member of his network to jail terms last month.

German police arrested K. in the eastern city of Halle on September 21.

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

© 2011 AFP

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