Germany arrests alleged Moroccan spy

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Posted: Feb 15, 2012 11:19 AM
Germany arrests alleged Moroccan spy

Prosecutors in Germany say police have arrested a man on suspicion of spying for Moroccan intelligence on supporters of the Polisario group, which seeks independence for the Western Sahara region.

Federal prosecutors say the suspect, identified only as Mohammed B. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested in Berlin on Wednesday. They said in a statement that police searched the man's apartment as well as houses and offices of two other suspects.

Prosecutors say the 56-year-old Moroccan-German dual national is suspected of having spied mostly on German-based members of Polisario.

The group advocates independence for the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony taken over by Morocco in 1975.