Saudi court sends Egyptian to jail for espionage, sorcery

A Saudi newspaper is reporting that an Egyptian man has been sentenced to six years in prison on charges of attempting to disturb public order, violating the kingdom's labor laws and communicating with a sorcerer to bewitch his employer.

The Egyptian, who was unnamed in the Okaz report, was accused of acquiring a secret military document that listed the movements and names of Saudi troops and of emailing this document to the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional rivals. The kingdom has long-accused Iran of meddling in its affairs and trying to destabilize the region.

Okaz reported Tuesday that the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced the Egyptian national on Monday. Few details were given about the sorcery charges.

He has the right to appeal.