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German immigration official charged with spying on Sikhs for India

world Updated: Sep 20, 2016 17:55 IST
Suspect accessed databases to pass on information on suspected extremist and opposition members of the religious group.
Suspect accessed databases to pass on information on suspected extremist and opposition members of the religious group.(REUTERS)

German authorities say they are charging a 58-year-old German citizen with espionage for allegedly passing confidential information to an Indian intelligence agency.

The German national, identified only by the initials T.S.P., was accused of “espionage activity and violation of professional secrecy rules in 45 cases,” they said in a statement.

Working at an immigration office in the western town of Ostwestfalen, he accessed databases to pass on information on suspected extremist and opposition members of the religious group, said federal prosecutors.

He was detained in the town in North Rhine-Westphalia state on February 17 and has been in custody since.

Federal prosecutor filed their indictment on September 7 at the state security division of the Superior Court in Berlin, but only released their statement almost two weeks later, on Tuesday.

Spying for a foreign power carries up to 10 years’ jail under German law.