DETROIT – A suburban Detroit man accused of spying for Iraq has pleaded guilty to providing information to that country's intelligence agency in 2002 and 2003.
Najib Shemami likely faces about four years in federal prison when he's sentenced in May. But defense lawyer Ed Wishnow says he'll argue that his client was being coerced by Saddam Hussein's regime.
Shemami, 60, pleaded guilty Friday to aiding Iraq without approval from the U.S. government. He's accused of traveling to Iraq to report on U.S. and Turkish military activities and to supply information about Iraqi natives living in the United States.
Shemami's case began with documents obtained by the government after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.