Prosecutors say a German man has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information on properties used by the German parliament to Russian military intelligence
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Published: 2021-02-25 04:38 am

Prosecutors say a German man has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information on properties used by the German parliament to Russian military intelligence

The suspect, identified only as Jens F. in line with German privacy rules, worked for a company that had been repeatedly contracted to check portable electrical appliances by the Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

As a result of that, he had access to PDF files with floor plans of the properties involved. The Bundestag is based in the Reichstag building, a Berlin landmark, but also uses several other sites.

The charges were filed at a Berlin court on Feb. 12. The court will have to decide whether to go ahead with a trial.

In October, the European Union imposed sanctions on two Russian officials and part of the GRU agency over a cyberattack against the German parliament in 2015.

In addition, a Russian man accused of killing a Georgian man in broad daylight in downtown Berlin on Moscow’s orders in 2019 is on trial in Berlin.

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