x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Retired UAE soldier jailed for giving confidential security data to Iran

The man, who took amounts of Dh200, Dh1,000 and then Dh4,000, was arrested last June after state security police were tipped off about his actions.

ABU DHABI // A retired soldier was convicted by the Federal Supreme Court today of passing confidential state security information to two Iranian consulate officers.

SF was arrested last June after state security police were tipped off about his actions. When they inspected his car and house, they found papers and diaries that had names and information relating to police written on them.

The two Iranians had asked him to give information on the United States and French military facilities in the country, such as the number of cadets, types of arms used and their locations. They also asked him about the GCC railway and its capacity and the Arabian Peninsula shield forces.

SF confessed that he met the men at an Afghan restaurant in Sharjah a number of times and received money from them after each meeting. He took amounts of Dh200, Dh1,000 and then Dh4,000, saying he was in desperate need of money.

The retired soldier worked for the armed forces for 18 years before retiring in 2005. He was working for a military-related company before he was arrested.

The court convicted him of acting as an agent and informant for a foreign country, though it did not specify the sentence.

hdajani@thenational.ae