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Case regarding LDz employee spying in favour of Russia to be viewed in May

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In May, Jelgava City Court plans to continue viewing the case regarding espionage in Russia’s favour by an employee of Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDz) Aleksandrs Krasnopjorovs, as confirmed court chairman’s assistant Sanita Grinšpone.

Viewing of the criminal case was postponed until 24 May following a request from prosecutor Zinta Meija to be provided with additional time to collect more information.

As previously reported, the security measure was changed following the accused man’s own request. The court accepted his arguments and made the decision in spite of the prosecutor’s protests, considering that Krasnopjorovs is accused of a serious crime. The accused is not allowed to leave the country and is under house arrest.

The prosecutor says viewing of the case is coming to a close.

It was previously reported that so far the case has been viewed in closed court hearings. This is because Meija requested to invite an officer of Security Police to testify as a witness. The prosecutor added that the identity of the officer is not to be disclosed. Because of that, his interview could be held using a video conference. Considering what the officer of Security Police has to say and other information that can be mentioned during the hearing can contain information associated with Latvia’s state secrets, it was decided to continue viewing the case behind closed doors.

As previously reported by Prosecutor General’s Office press-secretary Kristīne Sutugina, between 21 October 2015 and 23 September 2016, the accused, being an employee of LDz, was regularly and systematically performing activities associated with collecting secret military information and corporate secrets within Jelgava railway station’s territory and then handing said information to Russian special services by means of a secret contact.

The accused used LDz video surveillance equipment to copy footage of NATO military equipment being moved on the railway, said Sutugina.

After acquiring this footage and other secret information, the accused sent all of it electronically to his contact, who represented and worked in Russia’s interests.

The accused faces a sentence of up to ten years in prison.


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