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Transdniester Frees Moldovan Man Jailed For Spying

November 01, 2011

Authorities in Moldova's separatist Transdniester region have released a Moldovan man jailed for spying, according to RFE/RL's Moldovan Service.

Ilie Cazac, a 25-year-old former tax inspector was sentenced in February to 14 years in prison after being detained in March 2010 and accused of high treason and espionage on behalf of Moldova.

Cazac was released late on October 31.

In an interview with RFE/RL, he said he was released after he filed an appeal for pardon.

He had previously rejected a pardon deal that would have obliged him to plead guilty.

Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat has welcomed Cazac's release.

In May, Transdniester released another Moldovan man who had been imprisoned for spying for Moldova.

Journalist Ernest Vardanean, too, was released after he appealed for pardon. He had been sentenced in December 2010 to 15 years in jail.

with additional wire reporting

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/transdniester_frees_moldovan_man_jailed_for_spying/24378050.html

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