Dutch policeman to stand trial as alleged Morocco spy

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A Dutch court on Wednesday sentenced an ex-policeman of Moroccan origin to 240 hours' community service for sharing police information with Rabat.

The 39-year-old detective from Rotterdam was found guilty of sharing information on the police computer system with the Moroccan embassy in exchange for an unspecified reward.

He had been told by an embassy official the information was being sought with regards to "terrorism, weapons trade or actions against the King of Morocco", said a statement of the district court in The Hague.

While the information provided did not contain state secrets, "he acted in conflict with his official duties and in violation of a secrecy undertaking he had signed", it added.

In September 2008, the Dutch foreign ministry protested against alleged Moroccan espionage attempts, prompting two Moroccan diplomats to be recalled form The Hague.

© 2010 AFP

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