Sentence Jordanian Ex-legislator Convicted of Contacts with Iraqi Intelligence

A four-year prison term, of which two years were suspended, was pronounced by a Jenin military tribunal yesterday on a 42-year-old former member of the Jordanian Parliament found guilty of maintaining contacts with Iraqi intelligence agents with the intention of providing them with Israeli security information.

According to a 30-page indictment which was read in court, the defendant, Moustafa Naguib Abou Bacher, met with the Iraqi Ambassador in Amman in November, 1967 and agreed to supply Iraq with information of security value. He was discovered and kept under surveillance since the beginning of 1968. Although the court agreed that this had prevented him from engaging in espionage for Iraq, it decided to impose the relatively severe sentence as a deterrent to others.

An Egyptian saboteur believed responsible for placing a mine that caused the death of two Israeli soldiers and was connected with the disappearance of a third near the Suez Canal last August has been arrested by security forces and will soon stand trial. The missing Israeli was believed to have been dragged across the canal by Egyptian commandos and either died of wounds or was murdered.

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