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Alleged Spy Motivated by Palestinian Cause

An Arabic-language community newspaper publisher accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents for Saddam Hussein’s government was motivated by zeal for the Palestinian cause, prosecutors said Monday. “He believed that Saddam Hussein was the only Middle Eastern leader that really supported the cause of the Palestinians,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Victoria Peters told jurors as the trial for Khaled Dumeisi began. Defense attorney William Theis countered that Dumeisi was merely a small-time suburban publisher who got involved with Iraqi officials as part of his search for material to write about. Dumeisi, 61, born in British-mandated Palestine, is charged with failing to register as an agent for the Iraqi government, conspiring to serve as an agent without registering, lying to a federal grand jury, and lying to an immigration agent when he sought to gain U.S. citizenship. Full Story

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