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Former Dutch Official Jailed For Spying For Russia

A Dutch court has sentenced a former Foreign Ministry official to 12 years in prison for spying for Russia.

The court ruled Tuesday that the 61-year-old consular official, identified only as Raymond P., passed confidential documents to Moscow for several years and was paid about $94,000.

He was arrested in 2012 while carrying four USB memory sticks with sensitive information, including documents relating to the situation in Libya and to EU missions in Georgia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

The investigation was launched after the arrest of two Russians who allegedly handled information provided by the Dutch official.

They are on trial in Germany for allegedly spying for the Soviet Union and Russia since 1988.

That case was initiated on the basis of information the FBI uncovered while investigating U.S.-based Russian spy Anna Chapman.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP