Trucker convicted of conspiracy to aid Iraq

| Friday, January 27, 2006

An Indiana truck driver has been convicted of six charges involving his efforts to aid Iraq in the early days of the war.

Shaaban Hafiz Ali Shaaban, who lived in Greenfield, IN, at the time, was charged in June 2005 with being an Iraqi spy who traveled to Iraq in 2002 and attempted to sell the names of U.S. agents and operatives for $3 million.

The Associated Press reported that Shaaban, who blamed his crimes on an identical twin who relatives testified does not exist, was convicted of six charges including acting as an unregistered foreign agent, violating sanctions against Iraq, conspiracy and witness tampering.

The jury deadlocked on the seventh charge – offering to sell U.S. secrets to Saddam Hussein’s government – telling the judge they couldn’t reach a verdict on that count, according to The AP.

The jurors said no evidence was presented during the trial that Shaaban had access to the classified information in question.

Shaaban now faces up to 55 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines for the six counts. His sentencing is scheduled for April 13.

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