Syrian government denies US spying allegations

The Syrian embassy issued a statement denying that Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid is an agent for Syria.

Updated: Oct 13, 2011, 10:25 AM IST

Alexandria: The Syrian government strongly denies allegations from federal prosecutors that a Virginia man was spying on American protestors who oppose President Bashar Assad`s regime.

The Syrian embassy issued a statement on Wednesday denying that Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid (SWAYD) is an agent for Syria or that he met personally with Assad.

It called the accusations "absolutely baseless and unacceptable”.

A federal magistrate ordered Soueid held pending a detention hearing on Friday after prosecutor Dennis Fitzpatrick said Soueid represents "a serious risk of flight”.

Soueid wore a black fleece pullover and blue jeans. He said he had not yet had a chance to contact his attorney, but did not say who his attorney is. Court records do not list a defence attorney.

Bureau Report