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Tue 5 Jan 2016 02:00 PM

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Abu Dhabi port worker denies spying charge

Defendant stands accused of espionage but says information was in public domain

Abu Dhabi port worker denies spying charge
(Bloomberg)

An Abu Dhabi port worker has reportedly been accused of espionage, but has claimed the information he passed to his country’s embassy is publicly available.

The defendant, known as M T B, is a logistics supervisor at an Abu Dhabi port, according to a report in The National.

He stands accused of leaking confidential national security information to his home country via two intelligence officers who worked at its embassy.

However, the defendant reportedly told the state security court on Monday that the information he was said to have shared is not confidential and a matter of public record.

He conceded that one piece of information could have been considered to be confidential, the newspaper said. The defendant’s lawyer reportedly told the court M T B had reported an American ship’s departure date and docking location at the port.

However, it has not been proven that he received any financial reward for passing on the information.

And the defendant’s lawyer also argued that the investigation, forensics and public prosecution reports were invalid because they were conducted after the inspection permit for the case had expired.

A verdict will be announced on January 10, The National said.

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