Spy Convicted Of Giving Info To Iraq Before Invasion

A judge in Michigan has sentenced a man to nearly four years in prison for supplying information to Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds rejected a claim by Najib Shemami that he was under duress by the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The man from the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights pleaded guilty in January to aiding Iraq without approval from the U.S. government.

There is no dispute that Shemami told Iraqi authorities about the activities of Iraqi expatriates living in the United States. He also reported on U.S. military movements in Turkey.

The 62-year-old man apologized to the judge Tuesday and said he acted because he was "so scared" of Saddam Hussein.


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