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Sol­dier on es­pi­onage charges

Sus­pect has been linked to ex­trem­ist far-right group, faces court mar­tial if found guilty

- Corruption · Crime · Society · White-collar Crime · Incidents · New Zealand · New Zealand Defence Force · Linton, Indiana

ADe­fence Force sol­dier is fac­ing charges of al­leged es­pi­onage. The New Zealand De­fence Force’s Di­rec­tor of Mil­i­tary Prose­cu­tions has laid 17 charges against a Lin­ton-based sol­dier.

The sol­dier, who has name sup­pres­sion, will face a court mar­tial.

The ac­cused faces the fol­low­ing 17 charges (some of which are al­ter­na­tive charges):

■ Four charges of es­pi­onage;

■ Two charges of at­tempted es­pi­onage;

■ Two charges of pos­ses­sion of an ob­jec­tion­able pub­li­ca­tion;

■ Three charges of ac­cess­ing a com­puter sys­tem for a dis­hon­est pur­pose;

■ One charge of do­ing an act likely to prej­u­dice Ser­vice dis­ci­pline or bring dis­credit on the Ser­vice;

■ One charge of neg­li­gently fail­ing to per­form a duty; and

■ Four charges of fail­ing to com­ply with writ­ten or­ders.

The sol­dier was ar­rested at Lin­ton Mil­i­tary Base in De­cem­ber.

It was re­ported at the time that he was sus­pected to be a mem­ber of a far-right group. That raised con­cerns that white su­prem­a­cists could be in­fil­trat­ing New Zealand’s mil­i­tary.

The ex­trem­ist group War­gus Christi claimed on­line that the ar­rested sol­dier was part of their or­gan­i­sa­tion, RNZ re­ported. It de­scribed it­self as a “mar­tial-monas­tic Chris­tian brother­hood”.

In an in­ter­net chat room, mem­bers spoke about how the man was re­moved from the group af­ter news of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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