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Pakistani jailed for spying in UAE

ABU DHABI: A top Emirati court on Wednesday jailed a Pakistani man for three years for spying for a foreign country, the official WAM news agency said.

The Federal Supreme Court ruled that the Pakistani, who worked as a “driver at a sensitive government department,” had been recruited by an intelligence officer at a foreign embassy in the United Arab Emirates.

The man had supplied photographs of meetings in the Gulf country between UAE officials and foreign delegates, WAM reported.

The Pakistani had confessed to having received 30,000 dirhams (more than $8,000) from the officer whom he met several times at the embassy headquarters and at the Iranian hospital in Dubai, said WAM.

WAM did not specify the country for which the defendant was convicted of spying.

The Abu Dhabi court also acquitted a second suspect, an Iranian, on trial for the same offence for lack of evidence, WAM said.

An Emirati national married to an Iranian woman was sentenced in January to seven years in jail for spying.

Iran and the UAE are in dispute over ownership of the islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, which lie in the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the oil-rich Gulf.

Iran took control of the islands in 1971 when Britain withdrew from the Gulf, in an annexation still contested by the UAE.

The UAE is a staunch ally of the United States, Iran's arch rival and leader of international efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

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Sep 11, 2013 08:02pm

In spycraft... spies usually hire agents for their work. When these agents get exposed, the spies just let them be. That is what happened with this man.

Sep 11, 2013 10:19pm

Iran at it again?

Sameen Bawla
Sep 12, 2013 01:49am

Guess who is the foreign country, IRAN

qaiser bakhtiari
Sep 12, 2013 05:32am

Bechara Pakistan, Androon-e-mulk zaleel, Bairoon-e-mulk khwahr.

Zubair Khan
Sep 12, 2013 01:39pm

For such a small amount brought bad name to motherland. From news text one can make out the country for which He spied. Sad news should open eyes for other Paksitanis wowrking in UAE.

Sep 13, 2013 05:47am

Looks like the man has been targeted only for belonging to a certain sect. This is the norm in middle east now a days. Put one blame or another and capture the person.

Sep 13, 2013 01:46pm

@Sameen Bawla: Every country spy on it's neighboring countries and in scenario like Iran which is surrounded by hostile neighbors such as UAE, Qatar and Saudia all allies to Iran's Arch rival USA why not keep an eye on them, Pakistan has caught ten of thousands of Spies from these Arab monarchies who were Spying in Pakistan for decades. in fact Pakistan should do the same to defend his interests in the region.

Sep 13, 2013 07:00pm

If he was working as a spy, what's the guarantee that he is indeed a Pakistani.