[FPSPACE] FW: Trial of Russian accused of spying for US adjourne
Wed, 27 Dec 2000 10:51:00 -0500
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> Subject: Trial of Russian accused of spying for US adjourned
> Organization: Copyright 2000 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)
> Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 6:30:14 PST
> Slugword: Russia-US-spy
> Priority: urgent
> MOSCOW, Dec 27 (AFP) - The trial of a Russian defence expert
> accused of spying for the United States and Britain was adjourned
> until January 9 after its first hearing Tuesday, Interfax news
> agency reported on Wednesday.
> Igor Sutyagin, who worked as a senior researcher for the
> USA-Canada Institute, has asked to have a second defence lawyer,
> reported Interfax citing a source in the FSB (ex-KGB) domestic
> intelligence agency.
> The regional court in the town of Kaluga, southwest of Moscow,
> has not yet ruled on the request, the source added.
> The trial is being held behind closed doors because it deals
> with classified documents.
> Sutyagin, who faces up to a 20-year jail sentence if convicted,
> is charged with amassing and passing on information constituting
> "state secrets" about the construction of new generation Russian
> nuclear submarines.
> He has been kept in a prison in the Kaluga region since his
> arrest on October 27, 1999.
> According to the FSB, Sutyagin passed on documents to a US
> researcher who specialised in nuclear safety, Joshua Handler.
> The FSB says it discovered confidential papers during a search
> of Handler's apartment in Moscow in October 1999.
> Handler, from Princeton University, is an expert in problems of
> radiation and safety in the nuclear field.
> He met Sutyagin several times in the course of research for a
> thesis on nuclear disarmament. Handler has since left Russia.
> American businessman Edmond Pope, a former US naval intelligence
> officer, was sentenced in early December to 20 years of hard labour
> for espionage, but was pardoned a week later by President Vladimir