Man accused of espionage admits to having received money for information

Police Attorney Line Nygaard in PSTPolice Attorney Line Nygaard in PST.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
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A man accused of espionage has admitted to having received money for information, according to the Oslo District Court’s ruling.

It involves a “not insignificant amount of cash”, writes District Court Judge Helene Andenæs Sekulic.

The man in his 50s who is employed by Det Norske Veritas was on Monday remanded in custody for four weeks. During questioning, he has admitted to having received money to provide information, but denies criminal guilt of the charge.

– He has not acknowledged that the information was harmful to national interests. The court believes it is probable that the accused has understood who he met and that he has shared protected material, the ruling states.

The district court further points out that the meeting activities have been in secret, and that they have taken place over time.

The man is a Norwegian citizen, but was born abroad. He was arrested at a restaurant in Oslo on Saturday. He is said to have had a meeting with a Russian intelligence officer shortly before, according to the Police Security Service.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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