Emirati gets seven years jail on spying charge

Retired serviceman confessed to passing on information that could harm national security

A retired UAE national has been jailed for seven years after being convicted of spying for an unnamed foreign country, official media in the Gulf state said.

Salem Musa Fayrouz Khamis, who worked for the UAE armed forces before his retirement, was handed down the sentence by the Federal Supreme Court after he reportedly confessed to passing “information that would harm national security and damage the country's relations with friendly countries” to an unnamed foreign nation, according to WAM news agency.

Khamis was arrested after a tip-off to security forces and a search of his vehicle uncovered documents containing information about the UAE armed forces and their deployments.

Under investigation, Khamis was said to have revealed he was introduced to two individuals from an unnamed consulate in 2008 and was asked to help resolve an issue regarding the Iranian wife of one of the collaborators.

He was subsequently asked to handover confidential military information and in return for payment. Khamis also admitted to referring the consulate contacts to another UAE national, who also worked for the armed forces, who might be interested in collaborating.

“After reviewing incriminating evidence submitted by the Public Prosecution, and upon the defendant's confession that he provided military information that could have damaged the country's military and political position, the Supreme Court issued its verdict to imprison him for seven years,” WAM reported.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

NOTE: Comments posted on arabianbusiness.com may be printed in the magazine Arabian Business

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudi Arabia spends money to make money

Saudi Arabia spends money to make money

Tour of Asia by Saudi Arabia's King Salman advances drive to...

Q&A: The laptop ban and what it means when flying from Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Q&A: The laptop ban and what it means when flying from Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Couldn't a laptop with a bomb inside still pose a danger within...

Railways are huge priority for the GCC

Railways are huge priority for the GCC

Rail has the potential to dramatically affect Gulf economies...

Most Discussed
sponsoredTracking