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Man pleads guilty to spying for Saddam

DETROIT — A Michigan man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he spied for Saddam Hussein’s regime and shared information with the Iraqi dictator’s intelligence service.

Ghazi Al-Awadi, 78, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iraq, pleaded guilty to acting as an agent of the government of Iraq under Saddam’s regime, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Under terms of the plea agreement in U.S. District Court, Al-Awadi, of Dearborn, faces up to 51 months in prison at sentencing on Nov. 8.

Al-Awadi was charged based on Iraqi intelligence documents captured by U.S. forces in Iraq in 2003 and later authenticated by former members of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, authorities said.


Detention center sued for abuse

JACKSON — Girls at a Mississippi detention center were sometimes shackled for 12 hours a day and subjected to “horrendous physical and sexual abuse,” a youth advocacy group claims in a federal lawsuit.

The Mississippi Youth Justice Project sued the state Wednesday on behalf of six girls, ages 13 to 17, and called for the shutdown of the Columbia Training School.

All the girls involved have mental illnesses and were committed for nonviolent offenses, said Sheila Bedi, the Mississippi Youth Project director.


Former mayor faces corruption charges

NEWARK — Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was indicted yesterday on corruption charges involving land sales and accusations that he spent extravagantly on himself and several women using city-issued credit cards.

The federal grand jury’s 33-count indictment charges Mr. James with fraud for purportedly facilitating and approving the cut-rate sales of city-owned land to a female companion.

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