UAE jails Indian for five years on espionage charge

A top United Arab Emirates court on Sunday sentenced an Indian citizen to five years in prison after he was convicted of spying for his home country, a newspaper reported.

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi convicted the man, identified as Manar Abbas, of “spying for the Indian intelligence services,” Gulf News reported on its website.

“Abbas was found guilty of passing on sensitive information about movement of military vessels at Abu Dhabi ports to officers at the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi,” the daily said, citing the charge sheet.

It gave no further details and the Indian embassy could not be immediately reached for comment.

Abbas will be deported after serving his sentence.

In 2014, the UAE announced the arrest of an Asian resident suspected of spying for a foreign country by passing on sensitive military information. — AFP

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