Federal authorities, using a document seized in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein, arrested a Chicago-area newspaper publisher on Wednesday, saying he had worked for years as a secret Iraqi agent.
Officials accused Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi, 60, of providing former Iraqi intelligence officials in Manhattan and Baghdad with information on Iraqi opposition groups in the United States and furnishing fake American press credentials, phone logs and other material as part of a clandestine intelligence network.
Dumeisi, a Jordanian citizen who has lived in the United States for the past decade, was charged with conspiracy and acting as an unregistered agent of the former government of Iraq. He made a brief appearance in federal court in Chicago after his arrest but did not enter a plea. A bail hearing was scheduled for next week.
Dumeisi of Oak Lawn, Ill., is president of Around-the-World News, which officials said publishes periodicals in Arabic and English, including the Al-Majhar newspaper.
Two more on U.S. list in custody
BAGHDAD, Iraq _ U.S. military officials said Wednesday they had arrested two high-ranking former members of Saddam Hussein's government: an interior minister and a top Baath Party official.
Mahmud Dhiyab al-Ahmad, the former interior minister, was captured by coalition forces in the capital, according to U.S. Central Command. Ahmad is No. 29 on the allied list of the 55 most wanted Iraqi fugitives and was the seven of spades in its card deck. A military spokesman in Baghdad declined to comment on how Ahmad was captured.
The former Baath official, Mizban Khadr al-Hadi, who was No. 23 on the list and was the nine of hearts, surrendered in Baghdad, the statement said. The U.S. Army's V Corps had reported Hadi was arrested in early May, but that information was incorrect, said Maj. Brad Lowell, a Central Command spokesman.
Thirty-four of the 55 people on the list are in custody.
Jordanian customs seizes artifacts
AMMAN, Jordan _ Jordanian customs officials have confiscated more than 200 Iraqi artifacts from foreign and Iraqi travelers in the last 10 days, many apparently stolen from museums and archaeological sites, the Customs Department said Wednesday.