Lebanese-German man charged with spying for Syria

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have charged a Lebanese-German dual national with spying on exiled Syrian dissidents for Syrian intelligence.

The federal prosecutors’ office said Monday it filed espionage charges at a Berlin court against the 60-year-old, identified only as Mohamad K. in line with German privacy rules.

He’s accused of working for Syrian intelligence from September 2011 until February 2012. Prosecutors say he attended meetings in Berlin organized by Syrian opposition activitists and passed information to a Syrian man, Akram O., who was convicted of spying last December and sentenced to more than three years in prison.

In a separate case, prosecutors recently charged a German-Syrian man with spying on dissidents and passing information to the military attache’s office at the Syrian Embassy.

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