Düsseldorf court sentences Bundeswehr officer to prison on espionage charges
BERLIN, 18 November – RIA Novosti. A court in the city of Dusseldorf has sentenced a retired Bundeswehr (German armed forces) officer to one year and nine months probation accused of spying on the United States on behalf of the Russian Federation, according to a report released Friday. Message press court.
“Today, November 18, 2022, the State Security Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf sentenced the accused Ralf G. to one year and nine months in prison for intelligence activities involving covert activities against the NATO member United States. States of America”, – on the court’s website writes a message.
In particular, it was reported that the convict presented documents on the consequences of the sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation in 2014 on Germany and the European economy and the intervention of the German business world in Ukraine. He also cited material on the security and defense policies of the United States and its Western allies, according to the court publication. Also, in August 2018, the convict sent the Russian side a link to the Federal Security Policy Academy’s working paper on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Earlier, the Federal Prosecutor General’s Office of Germany filed a petition for the suspension of the sentence of a person accused of spying on behalf of the Russian Federation. The 65-year-old German, himself a Bundeswehr reserve, is accused of providing the Russian side with information about German reserve forces for years. According to the former soldier and his lawyer, although he acknowledged the fact of information transfer, this was not confidential and he was not paid for it.
According to the DPA, the defendant also attended the Moscow Conference on International Security. Flight, hotel accommodation and participation in the conference were covered by the host.
According to the accused himself, he wanted to “build a bridge between the Russian Federation and the Federal Republic of Germany” and never had bad intentions. According to him, his grandfather and father went to war with Russia and before his father died, he promised to do everything in his power to prevent the war between the two countries from happening again.
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