Mich. man accused of spying for Iraq pleads guilty

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- A suburban Detroit man accused of spying for Saddam Hussein's former regime and sharing information with the executed Iraqi dictator's intelligence service has pleaded guilty.

Najib (nah-JEEB') Shemami (shuh-MAH'-me) pleaded guilty Friday to aiding Iraq without approval from the U.S. government. The 60-year-old was accused of traveling to Iraq to report on U.S. and Turkish military activities and supply information about Iraqi natives living in the United States.

Defense lawyer Ed Wishnow says he'll argue at sentencing in May that the Sterling Heights man was coerced by Saddam's regime.

Shemami likely faces about four years in prison.

His case began with documents obtained by the government after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


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