Suspected spy to be extradited to Britain


A Briton who allegedly spied for Russia must be extradited from Germany to Britain. A court spokesperson said on Monday that the competent criminal chamber of the Brandenburg Higher Regional Court (OLG) decided on March 22 to allow the suspect’s extradition to the UK for criminal prosecution.

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At the same time, the Senate confirmed the expected approval for the extradition. First reported by “Der Spiegel”. The spokesperson said OLG is responsible because the alleged spy was arrested in his district. In justification, the Criminal Senate said the defendant had in his espionage activities intended to benefit the Russian state and harm the United Kingdom, “for reasons of financial gain as well as aversion to the states of his nationality (United Kingdom)”. Reason.And their place of residence (Germany).

Officials from the Federal Criminal Police Office arrested the man in Potsdam on August 10 last year for alleged constable activities. He is British and worked for the British Embassy in Berlin.

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The federal prosecutor accused the man of providing documents to the Russian secret service for money. Since November 2020, he would have transmitted to the secret services material that he would have received within the framework of his work. It is not known how much money he received for this.

An investigating judge at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe decided that the man had been taken into custody. According to the British Home Office, a joint investigation by German and British officials contributed to the arrest. Following the arrest, the Foreign Office in Berlin insisted that secret services spying on a close ally on German soil would not be accepted. (dpa)

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