Three Dutch arrested for espionage in UAE

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Three Dutch men were arrested a few days ago, in the UAE, under suspicion of espionage. The men were plane spotters who reportedly photographed prohibited items, according to a spokesperson for the family of one of the victims, a 52-year-old man from Nieuw-Vennep, to press agency ANP.

Three enthusiastic plane spotting friends, who also enjoy photographing aircrafts in faraway countries,

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presumably accidentally took pictures in restricted areas, according to the family of the Nieuw-Vennep local. The family learned this much from sporadic, brief phone contact.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the reports of the arrests. The three men receive consular assistance and are allowed contact with their families. A lawyer is also involved.

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