Mumbai teacher sentenced in Pakistan for 'spying'

Hamid Nehal Ansari, a teacher at a Mumbai management college, who went missing after illegally entering Pakistan over three years ago to meet his Pakistani girlfriend, has been jailed for three years for espionage.

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A military court passed the sentence over the weekend in Kohat city in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. He has been shifted to the Peshawar Central Prison and has a right to appeal.

The convict (31) reportedly confessed to illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan for espionage.

The Dawn newspaper quoted unnamed officials as saying that Ansari had seven Facebook accounts as well as around 30 email IDs. He was reportedly found to be in possession of “sensitive documents”.

Last month, the Pakistan defence ministry informed the Peshawar High Court that Ansari was in army custody and would face court martial.

After that, a two-member bench on January 13 disposed of a habeas corpus petition filed by Fauzia Ansari, the Indian's mother, against his alleged illegal detention.

Ansari was arrested in Kohat in November 2012. Until last month, his whereabouts remained unknown.

— Agencies

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