A British man allegedly spying for Russia is being deported from Germany to Great Britain. The Brandenburg High Regional Court (OLG)’s competent crime division decided on March 22 that the suspect be allowed to be extradited to the UK for a criminal trial, a court spokesman said Monday.
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At the same time, the Senate confirmed the proposed approval for the handover. The first was “Der Spiegel”. A spokesman said OLG should be held accountable as the alleged spy was arrested in his district. In logic, the Criminal Senate stated that the suspect’s espionage activities were intended to benefit the Russian state and to harm the United Kingdom, including “financial gain and hatred of the states of his country (United Kingdom) and his place of residence (Germany).”
Officers from the Federal Criminal Police Office arrested the man on August 10 last year in Botsdam on the basis of agent activity. He also served at the British Embassy in Berlin.
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A federal prosecutor has accused the Russian Secret Service of providing documents for money. Since November 2020, he is said to have sent information to the secret service he received during his mission. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The trial judge of the federal court in Karlsruhe decided to remand the man in custody. According to the British Home Office, joint investigations by German and British officials contributed to the arrest. After his arrest, the Foreign Office in Berlin insisted that spying on a close ally on German soil was unacceptable. (dpa)
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