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Poland paroles convicted Russian spy

RIA Novosti

11:22 17/11/2011 MOSCOW, November 17 (RIA Novosti) - The Polish authorities on Thursday released on parole Russian national Tadeusz Juchniewicz, who was sentenced to three years for espionage in 2010, the Polish Press Agency said, quoting court officials.

Russian businessman Juchniewicz was arrested in February 2009 after he had lived in Poland for ten years. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He was tried behind closed doors and was convicted as a Russian military sleeper agent.

Investigators said he had maintained regular contact with the Russian “center” with the help of spying gadgets camouflaged as house utensils since 2003.

The decision to grant him parole was made in a penitentiary court in the town of Wloclawek after he had already served more than two thirds of his prison term.

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