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Abu Dhabi port worker denies espionage charges

by Neha Bhatia on Jan 5, 2016


A UAE port worker has been accused of espionage. [Representational image]
A UAE port worker has been accused of espionage. [Representational image]

An Abu Dhabi port worker has reportedly been accused of espionage.

The worker denied the charges, claiming the information he passed to his country's embassy is publicly available.

According to Arabian Business, citing The National, the worker is a logistics supervisor at an Abu Dhabi port. 

He has been 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.

The defendant’s lawyer reportedly told the court the worker had reported an American ship’s departure date and docking location at the port.

However, it is yet to be proven that the worker was rewarded for passing on the information.  



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