A Syrian-born American man in Virginia was arrested Tuesday on charges of spying on Syrian dissidents in the United States for the Syrian regime, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, a.k.a. "Alex Soueid," 47, a resident of Leesburg, Va., was indicted for acting as an unregistered agent of the Syrian intelligence agency, the Mukhabarat, for providing false statements on a firearms purchase, and for providing false statements to federal law enforcement.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison on the foreign agent charges, 15 years for the firearms charges and 10 years in prison on the false statement charges, the Justice Department said Wednesday in a statement on the case.
Syrian dissidents and exiles in the United States have repeatedly claimed their relatives in Syria were being persecuted because of their appearance at pro-democracy events in American cities. The State Department has repeatedly raised the charges, which have been vociferously denied by the Syrian ambassador to Washington, Imad Moustafa.Read More »from American arrested on allegations of spying on Syrian dissidents in U.S.