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Russian spy to face trial in Poland

RIA Novosti

02:19 22/10/2010

WARSAW, October 22 (RIA Novosti) - Poland will begin on Friday a trial of a Russian citizen who was arrested last year on espionage charges, a Warsaw district court official said.

Poland's Internal Security Agency detained the alleged Russian spy in February 2009, but sketchy details of his identity and activities were made public only in January this year.

According to media reports, the alleged spy worked for Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate on the Polish territory for at least 10 years and used legitimate business as a cover.

The man, known only as T.J., was under surveillance for several months before being arrested. An encoding device and special communications equipment were found at his residence at the time of his arrest.

The high-profile trial will be held at the Polish Supreme Court and will be closed to the public and the media.

The suspected spy could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, Polish prosecutors said.

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