Belarus man sentenced for spying against Poland

Author : DPA

Warsaw - A citizen of Belarus was sentenced Wednesday to five-and-a-half years in prison by a Warsaw district court for spying against Poland between 2005 and 2006, the Polish Press Agency PAP reported. Sergei M., whose last name was withheld according to Polish law, was detained in 2006 in Lithuania and later extradited for trial in Poland, PAP said.

According to Polish prosecutors, the 43-year-old Belorussian acted outside Poland and "encouraged a Polish citizen to work for Belarus intelligence services against Poland."

Sergei M. attempted to get from his Polish acquaintance Krzysztof G. secret documents from Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a list of its employees with their phone numbers, authorities said.

Sergei M. paid 500 dollars and 850 euros (about 1,247 dollars) for a pledge to provide the documents, authorities said. He denied the charges and said he was a victim of a set-up.



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