A former truck driver who was convicted on federal charges
of being an Iraqi spy has been sentenced to 13 years in prison and will lose
his U.S. citizenship.
Shaaban Hafiz Ali Shaaban, who lived in Greenfield, IN, at the time of his arrest, 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 a deceased 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 Indianapolis Star reported that it remains
unclear what will become of Shaaban once he serves his 13-year sentence. His
lawyers said he will appeal the charges against him but will likely end up a
man with no country.
The jury in Shaaban’s original trial deadlocked on a seventh
charged against him – that he had offered to sell the names of more than 60 U.S. covert operatives to Saddam Hussein in 2002.
The jury said at the time that – while there was evidence
that Shaaban attempted to sell information to the Iraqi government – there was
not enough evidence to show that Shaaban had access to that information,
according to The AP.