A man is said to have received large payments from a Russian diplomat in recent years, and has now been charged in Sweden for threatening the country’s security.
This is stated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in a press release on Monday.
– I claim that he as a consultant in his previous workplaces has procured material with the intention of delivering it to a foreign power, in this case Russia, says prosecutor Mats Ljungquist.
– That he has been well paid shows that the Russians have appreciated his services, he adds.
When the man was arrested in 2019, the accused Swede has just received a payment of 27,800 Swedish kroner from the Russian diplomat.
According to Dagens Nyheter, the man is said to have spied on the car companies Volvo and Scania, among others.
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Penalty limit of six years
According to the prosecutor, the indictment states that the man’s actions were a “threat to the security of the kingdom”. Espionage usually has a maximum sentence of six years in Sweden.
The investigation has been carried out by the Swedish Security Police under the leadership of a prosecutor at the National Unit for Security Objectives.
– I believe that the act is serious, and that the act, in case the man is convicted, should have a significant penalty, Lundquist says.
According to the indictment, the man illegally transferred information from computers in the workplace to private computers, and then onto a memory chip.
According to the indictment, in order to hide the fact that the action was logged by the IT system at work, he has, among other things, photographed information directly from the screen on the computers.
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