Berlin: A German court jailed two Libyan
men today for spying on members of the Libyan opposition
living in Europe over a nearly three-year period.
The first defendant, a 43-year-old identified only as
Abdel A, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison
while his accomplice Adel Al. was handed a jail term of one
year and 10 months.
The superior court in Berlin said in a statement it
"found that the accused systematically investigated for the
Libyan secret services opposition figures living in the
federal republic of Germany from August 2007 until their
arrest on May 13, 2010."
Abdel A. was found to have managed a network of
informants who gathered information on members of the
opposition based in Germany and other western European
countries and filed reports to his superiors in Libya.
Adel Al. worked as one of these informants, the court
Libya was among 17 countries and three territories
listed by US watchdog Freedom House last year as having
"extremely oppressive environments, with minimal basic rights
and persistent human rights violations."