Belarusian convicted of spying in Poland

A citizen of Belarus, Sergey M. has been sentenced by the District Court in Warsaw to five and a half years in prison for espionage.

Forty three year-old Sergey M. was detained in Lithuania in November 2006 on an extradition warrant issued by Poland. The man was accused of "Working for Belarusian intelligence and acting in a way detrimental to the Polish state."

According to the Polish Prosecutor's Office, in the years 2005-2006 Sergey M. induced a citizen of Poland to join the Belarusian secret service and spy against Poland. In the course of the investigation it was also established that Sergey M. tried to obtain a list of Polish Foreign Ministry's employees together with their phone numbers and classified documents from one Krzysztof G. in return for 500 US dollars and 850 euro.

Sergey M. has pleaded innocent to the charges and the verdict is open to appeal.



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