DETROIT – A prosecutor has urged jurors to convict a former Army translator who is charged with concealing his role as an agent of the Iraqi government in the U.S. in the 1990s.
Prosecutors say documents recovered in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein reveal that Issam "Sam" Hamama was known as agent 6129 and had offered to track Iraqi opposition groups in the United States.
Hamama denied any contact with foreign governments when he sought a security clearance in 2003 to work as a U.S. military translator in Iraq, his native country.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Martin told jurors Thursday that the 60-year-old of El Cajon, Calif., had lied.
Defense attorney Haytham Faraj says Hamama met Iraqi officials in the U.S., but that he didn't know they were intelligence agents.