00:23 GMT +321 June 2018
Listen Live
    Visitors walk in the glass cupola of the Reichstag building that hosts the German parliament (Bundestag) and look at a German flag in Berlin, Germany, on June 10, 2016.

    German Prosecution Files Espionage Charges Against Swiss Citizen

    Get short URL
    0 01

    German Public Prosecutor General filed charges of espionage in the Supreme Land Court of Frankfurt am Main against 54-year-old Swiss citizen Daniel M. over suspicion of being an intelligence agent, according to official statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — German Public Prosecutor General said on Wednesday it had filed espionage charges against a citizen of Switzerland detained in April.

    "On August 8, the Prosecution General's Office filed charges of espionage in the Supreme Land Court of Frankfurt am Main against 54-year-old Swiss citizen Daniel M. over suspicion of being an intelligence agent," the prosecution said in a statement, adding that the suspect had been in pre-trial detention since April 28.

    According to the prosecution, the suspect has been working to obtain information about the work of the tax agency of Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state and its employees, in particular regarding the tax and audit services, and gathered and transferred to intelligence agencies personal details of three employees of the agency.

    The suspect received a total of 13,000 euro ($15,208), transferring 10,000 to his partner in the state of Hesse, the prosecution said, adding that he was also transferring money to his source in the financial agency of North Rhine-Westphalia – a total of 90,000 euro. Some of this money was pocketed by Daniel M. and his partner from Hesse, the statement clarified.

    On Sunday, German media reported, citing their sources, that the Public Prosecutor General launched an investigation in August against three Swiss nationals, reportedly linked to the case of Daniel M., over allegedly spying on German tax authorities. The justice ministry refused to confirm the reports.

    Following the arrest of Daniel M., Berlin and Bern signed a memorandum of understanding implying that both sides will give up spying against each other and coordinate their actions when acting against a third party.


    China, Iran, Russia Among Leaders of Anti-German Espionage, Berlin Claims
    Germany, Switzerland Sign Agreement to Cease Bilateral Espionage
    Germany Refuses to Comment on Reports of Espionage on Foreign Journalists
    German Government Knew About NSA Espionage on Its Soil Since 2001
    espionage, Switzerland, Germany
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment