MP Mike Han­cock de­nies as­sis­tant is Rus­sian spy

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

LONDON: Ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Times, Ka­tia Zat­uliveter, 25, was ar­rested on the or­ders of MI5 over es­pi­onage claims.

She has been work­ing for Portsmouth South MP Mike Han­cock, who said she had done noth­ing wrong and would ap­peal.

The Home Of­fice said it did not rou­tinely com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases, nor would it con­firm de­por­ta­tion moves.

But a se­cu­rity source is said to have told the Sun­day Times that Ms Zat­uliveter's pres­ence was not "con­ducive to na­tional se­cu­rity", and the in­ten­tion was to "show her the door".

It is be­lieved to be the first time since the end of the Cold War that some­one work­ing in Par­lia­ment has been ac­cused of spying for the Rus­sians, sug­gests the Sun­day Times.

Mr Han­cock said last night that Ms Zat­uliveter was not a spy. He con­firmed she was sub­ject to a de­por­ta­tion or­der, which she would be ap­peal­ing against.

He said she had done noth­ing wrong and he was sure she would be vindi­cated. Mr Han­cock is an Lib­eral Demo­crat MP in Portsmouth, where there is a large naval base. He also sits on the House of Com­mons De­fence Se­lect Com­mit­tee. -Ap

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