Algerian embassy employee faces spying charges

27th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2007, Berlin (dpa) - An employee at the Algerian embassy in Berlin pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of spying on fellow countrymen for his country's intelligence service.

27 September 2007

Berlin (dpa) - An employee at the Algerian embassy in Berlin pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of spying on fellow countrymen for his country's intelligence service.

The 45-year-old is accused of collecting information about a former army colonel who turned government opponent and sought asylum in Germany, claiming political persecution.

Prosecutors said the former officer feared he would face a death sentence if he was forced to return to Algeria.

The accused, who has lived in Germany since 1990 and has dual citizenship, is also charged with collecting information about Algerians linked with Islamism in the city of Bremen.

DPA

Subject: German news

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