A Saudi court convicted a Jordanian citizen of spying for Israel and sentenced him to nine years in jail and 80 lashes, a pro-government Saudi newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper did not identify the Jordanian but said the Riyadh criminal court found him guilty of "writing to the Israeli prime minister and communicating with a Zionist [Israeli] intelligence officer" by e-mail and receiving a financial payment.
The pro-government newspaper said the court also convicted the defendant, who was not identified, of using narcotics and having an illicit relationship with a foreign woman.
"The suspect gave his reply orally, admitting he had communicated with the State of Israel, saying he did not [have] full mental capacities due to the hashish and the pills," the report said.
After he serves his sentence, the Jordanian will be deported back to his homeland, al-Riyadh said.