US judge orders Russia spy suspects stay detained

2nd July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A US judge Friday ordered three Russian spying suspects to be kept detained, saying she considered "the defendants at risk of flight."

Judge Theresa Buchanan said the suspects "Michael Zottoli" and "Patricia Mills" and a third suspect Mikhail Semenko would appear again in court on July 7 for a preliminary hearing in the case of 10 suspects nabbed by US authorities under suspicion of operating as Russian agents in the United States.

Prosecutors said earlier that "Zottoli" admitted his true name was Mikhail Kutzik and "Mills" confessed her real name was Natalia Pereverzeva, and both admitted to being Russian citizens, in the first instance of the 10 arrested spy suspects giving up their true identity.

© 2010 AFP

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