Attorney argues Ind. man’s spy sentence too severe

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer representing a former Indiana truck driver put in a federal supermax prison after he was convicted of trying to sell U.S. secrets to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi government says such treatment and his 13-year sentence is too harsh.

Shaaban Shaaban’s attorney told The Associated Press on Monday that his client didn’t have any secrets to sell. Bernard Kleinman says Shaaban was only trying to fool the Iraqi government before the U.S. invasion in 2003.

Kleinman argues that Shaaban’s treatment violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. He says other people convicted of similar crimes haven’t been treated so severely.

Shaaban lived in the central Indiana city of Greenfield when he was indicted.

The U.S. attorney’s office had no immediate comment.

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