Italian officer who spied for Russia sentenced to 30 years

News » Incidents In Italy, an officer who spied for Russia was sentenced to 30 years

A military court in Rome has sentenced officer Walter Biot to 30 years in prison on charges of espionage, according to ANSA. It has been established that a 58-year-old naval officer passed secret data to an employee of the Russian Embassy in Italy in exchange for a monetary reward.

According to the materials of the case, the captain of the military frigate Biot photographed 19 different materials on his phone, among which were ” “NATO secrets” and information about the “fight against ISIS”, as well as data classified as “secret” and “top secret”. He then transferred the photos to an SD card, which he handed over to the Russian embassy.
The spy was discovered thanks to filming with a hidden camera. According to the prosecution, Biot demonstrated “a high degree of venality and criminal resourcefulness” as well as “a deplorable selfish desire for profit.” and “cunning”.

The list of accusations includes – disclosure of military secrets for the purpose of espionage, “extraction of secret information, spy photography, disclosure of confidential information and communications with foreign intelligence. The prosecutor's office requested a life sentence for the accused. The court took a more lenient decision and sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

At the end of February, a Russian citizen who has been living and doing business in Poland for many years was charged with spying for Russia. And early last month, a former German football player was detained for suspicion of collaborating with Russian intelligence services.

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