The group was headed by a Lebanese national with a dual Liberian citizenship, an Algerian news agency reported Tuesday, whose aim was said to be "crippling Algeria's security."
The remaining defendants held various African citizenships. In addition to the prison sentence they received, an Algerian criminal court ordered them to pay fines.
Algeria's Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui said the exposure of the "international spy ring" working for Israel was clear proof that the Mossad and other foreign entities were trying to undermine the country's security and stability.
The interior minister's remarks came days after a Malaysia assassination in which a Palestinian was shot in the capital of Kuala Lumpur. Fadi Albatsh was a Hamas engineer, and the terror group—and Malaysia itself—claim he was assassinated by the Mossad.
Other Muslim countries frequently accuse either locals or foreigners of spying for Israel. The most notable example, perhaps, is Lebanon. This past November, the country was in turmoil over the Ziad Itani affair, when the actor-director was arrested on suspicion of colluding with Israel.
It was revealed last month, however, that a former senior Lebanese intelligence services official had a hacker fabricate the supposedly damning phone calls served up as evidence of Itani's treachery. The official was arrested, and Itani was consequently released.