News2015.11.06 09:05

Court sentence in an espionage case

Algirdas Acus 2015.11.06 09:05

On Thursday, Lithuanian court sentenced Lithuanian national Romuald Lipskij to three years and three months in prison, for spying on behalf of the neighbouring Belarus, but said his activities did little harm to Lithuania and NATO.

On Thursday, Lithuanian court sentenced Lithuanian national Romuald Lipskij to three years and three months in prison, for spying on behalf of the neighbouring Belarus, but said his activities did little harm to Lithuania and NATO.

Romuald Lipskij was an employee of the state-owned air traffic control company. He was accused of providing Minsk with photocopies of Vilnius airport documents.

However, the sentence is close to the minimum, because the documents provided, according to the judge, have practically no intelligence value.

It was only proved that Lipskij at his work photographed data of air traffic communications and projects, and later transmitted this information to Belarusian agent Sergej Kurulenka.

The judge also criticized authorities for lengthy undercover surveillance of the suspect.

Lipskij was arrested in January 2014. He maintained that Belarusian agent threatened him, and by giving information Lipskij expected to be left living peacefully.

It is one of at least four criminal cases made public by Lithuania, related to spying on behalf of Russia or Belarus, in recent years.

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Vs of Lipskij in the court

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AUDRIUS CININAS, member of Panel of Judges:

The sentence is close to the minimum, because the documents provided have practically no intelligence value.

More of Lipskij

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AUDRIUS CININAS, member of Panel of Judges:

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