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Britain to review alleged Russian 'spy' case in October

RIA Novosti

15:10 13/01/2011

LONDON, January 13 (RIA Novosti) - Hearings in the case of alleged Russian spy Katia (Yekaterina) Zatuliveter, detained in Britain in late 2010, is set for October 18-21, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from London on Thursday.

Zatuliveter, 25, an aide to Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock who sits on the influential Defense Select Committee, was detained on December 2. She was released on bail on December 13.

It was initially reported that Zatuliveter was suspected of links to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), but later Britain informed Russia that the Dagestan-born parliamentary aide was detained on charges of violating immigration laws.

Zatuliveter has officially denied accusations of using her position as a British lawmaker's aide to spy for Russia and filed an appeal against deportation procedures.

Zatuliveter's lawyers insisted that her case was considered earlier, but one of the major witnesses targeted in the investigation, a senior officer from the British intelligence services, is otherwise engaged and can give witness testimony no earlier than October.

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