An Egyptian national was sentenced to life imprisonment on 27th March for espionage and planning an assassination. Mohammed Eid Dabous was sentenced for conspiring to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak, and an additional 10 years for passing information to Iran to plan attacks on Egypt and Saudi Arabia. An Iranian defendant in the case, diplomat Mahmoud Reza Hussein, was sentenced in absentia to life. His whereabouts are not known. Dabous pleaded not guilty and claimed he was tortured into confessing to a range of charges, including espionage and harming Egypt's national interests. Egypt has in the past repeatedly accused Iran of supporting the militants who killed President Anwar Sadat in 1981.