Mich. man sentenced in Saddam spy case

Thu Dec 13, 9:52 PM ET

A man convicted of spying for Saddam Hussein's former regime and sharing information with the executed Iraqi dictator's intelligence service was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Ghazi Al-Awadi, 78, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iraq, pleaded guilty in July to acting as an agent of the government of Iraq under Saddam's regime.

The government said that between May and November 2002, the Dearborn man obtained information about people and groups opposed to Saddam and then provided that information to the Iraqi Intelligence Service.

Al-Awadi could have received up to 51 months in prison. He was paroled in 1996 after serving six years of a five- to 15-year sentence for manslaughter in the stabbing of his son-in-law, Emad Muttar, in Dearborn.