Crime and Courts

Seven on trial for divulging secrets to Hezbollah

Staff Reporter/Abu Dhabi
Filed on March 15, 2016 | Last updated on March 15, 2016 at 07.32 am

The case has been postponed until April 18 to listen to the prosecution's witnesses.

The Supreme Federal Court on Monday postponed a case in which seven people are accused of divulging state secrets to the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group.

The case has been postponed until April 18 to listen to the prosecution's witnesses.

The Public Prosecution said that the prime accused - a government employee - disclosed sensitive military information of the UAE to a member of Hezbollah, who is one of the accused and is believed to secretly work for Iran.

The information included details of arms deals and contracts the UAE has made, as well as the names and ranks of officers of the state security apparatus.

A second accused - an Egyptian geologist working for a petroleum company - handed over economic information to the six accused about the oil productivity in Abu Dhabi. She divulged names of the oil fields and provided a map that shows where these Abu Dhabi oil fields are located.

The prosecution told the court that the sixth accused obtained top secrets regarding the UAE's defence sector from the prime accused, second, and the fifth one and passed it on to Iran. He allegedly took photos of the premises of Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a military camp and state security facilities.

The seventh accused is charged with taking photos of foreign embassies in the UAE and airports at Abu Dhabi and Dubai and handing them over to Lebanon's Hezbollah group.

The accused denied all the charges levelled against them.

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