German police sieze suspected foreign spies

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24 February 2006, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - German police arrested Thursday two men suspected of acquiring missile technology for an unnamed foreign power and raided 12 homes and offices in a major espionage inquiry.

24 February 2006

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - German police arrested Thursday two men suspected of acquiring missile technology for an unnamed foreign power and raided 12 homes and offices in a major espionage inquiry.

The operation was headed by Germany's federal prosecutor-general, Kay Nehm. His spokeswoman said the two suspects would appear Friday before a federal judge in the southern city of Karlsruhe and further information would be disclosed then.

Officials said the two men had been retained by a foreign intelligence service to obtain militarily useful equipment connected to missile technology as well as conventional armaments. They might face espionage charges.

The spokeswoman said it might hamper the inquiry if the foreign state involved were to be identified, and she also declined to say how many persons in all were under suspicion or if others would appear in court.

The sites searched were mainly in the south and western part of the Germany, in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse, North Rhine Westphalia and Saarland.

DPA

Subject: German news

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