Spain has evidence to charge ex-spy with treason

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2007 , MADRID – Prosecutors have enough evidence to bring treason charges against a former Spanish intelligence officer accused of selling classified information to a foreign power, the Spanish attorney general said Wednesday.

25 July 2007

MADRID – Prosecutors have enough evidence to bring treason charges against a former Spanish intelligence officer accused of selling classified information to a foreign power, the Spanish attorney general said Wednesday.

The alleged double agent, Roberto Florez Garcia, 42, appeared at a preliminary hearing on the Canary Island of Tenerife, where he lives and was arrested on Monday.

Attorney General Candido Conde Pumpido said the case would likely be transferred to Madrid, because it is the headquarters of the National Intelligence Centre, from which Florez Garcia is accused of extracting information - including dozens of secret identities of other agents and counterintelligence data - for sale to agents from another country.

Cadena Ser radio and the newspaper El Pais have identified this country as Russia. But neither the attorney general nor the head of the National Intelligence Centre, Alberto Saiz, who announced the arrest Tuesday, have named the country.

The attorney general said there was no evidence that Florez Garcia sold information to any other nations.

The case is complex because the evidence being gathered for trial is classified, prosecutors said.

If convicted of treason, the alleged double agent could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison, although authorities are said to be considering other charges against him as well.

(Copyright AP with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish News

 

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