Saudi court sentences man for spying for Israel

Jordanian national gets 9 years and 80 lashes after court determines he spoke to Netanyahu, agreed to work with Israeli intel

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (photo credit: AP/Hassan Ammar/File)
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (photo credit: AP/Hassan Ammar/File)

A Saudi court reportedly sentenced a Jordanian national to nine years in prison and 80 lashes for spying for Israel.

Though details regarding the man or his arrest were unclear, Saudi daily al-Riyadh said a special court had determined that the accused contacted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that he spoke with an Israeli intelligence officer and sent him a picture via email. The court determined that the man agreed to work with Israeli intelligence for a fee.

The accused was also convicted of drug use and adultery, according to al-Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia has been rather vocal of late in its criticism of US policy in the Middle East, blaming the Americans and their allies for the impasses in Syria and in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The kingdom refused a rotating position on the UN Security Council earlier this month, citing the body’s inefficacy.

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