Details of espionage case in UAE emerge after man is convicted

UAE National news agency WAM reported last week that the Pakistani, who worked for the UAE government, had been jailed for three years by the National Security Court over secret meetings with an Iranian intelligence officer.

The court’s ruling, which has been released to 7DAYS, reveals the spy had been passing on details of delegations – including military, diplomatic and business people from the Middle East and the west – visiting senior figures in Abu Dhabi. The papers show the driver was also asked to collect information on British, US and French military forces based in Abu Dhabi.

According to the ruling, the man’s contact was an intelligence officer who was ostensibly working on a desk job at the Iranian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
The court heard how the defendant was employed until 2012 as a driver for the UAE government. On a routine job to deliver gifts from the UAE government to the Iranian Embassy for Eid, he got to know some of the staff and was later approached by the intelligence officer.

In exchange for Dhs30,000, the driver obtained business cards from delegates and passed them on. The papers said the agent also asked for the layout of Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports, as well as details of foreign military in the UAE.

Another man, an Iranian, was also on trial for meeting with the agent. He admitted meeting him in a Lebanese restaurant on Defence Road in Abu Dhabi and at the Iranian Hospital in Dubai.

However, the Iranian, who was born in Dubai, said he was having marriage problems and was simply seeking the intelligence officer’s advice. The second defendant was acquitted after the National Security Court said there was no evidence to prove that the meetings were illegal or a front for passing on information.


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