One Liberian with Lebanese nationality and ten Africans have been convicted in an Algerian court on charges of spying for Israel, the Anadolu Agency news service has reported.
According to the report, the Algerian court sentenced a “Liberian national of Lebanese origin” to death and another seven African nationals from Guinea and Mali to 10 years in prison on charges of “espionage for Israel.”
The eight were arrested in an operation carried out by the Algerian police in 2015 in the city of Ghardaia, 600 kilometers south of Algiers, and found with documents and communications equipment related to espionage for Israel.
The verdict confirmed an earlier verdict of the same court last November, and can be appealed before the country’s supreme court.
The charges included threatening Algerian national security, foreign espionage, and involvement in a criminal group as part of a collective project threatening national security.
Algeria’s Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui said the exposure of the “international spy ring” working for Israel was clear proof that the Mossad and other foreign entities were trying to undermine the country’s security and stability.
The interior minister’s remarks came days after a Malaysia assassination in which a Palestinian was shot in the capital of Kuala Lumpur. Fadi Albatsh was a Hamas engineer, and the terror group—and Malaysia itself—claim he was assassinated by the Mossad.