In­dian cou­ple sen­tenced for spy­ing on Ger­many’s Sikhs

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Berlin, Ger­many - A mar­ried In­dian cou­ple liv­ing in Moenchengl­ad­bach were sen­tenced by a Ger­man court on Thurs­day af­ter ad­mit­ting to spy­ing on Sikh and Kash­miri com­mu­ni­ties for the In­dian se­cret ser­vice.

The cou­ple, who are iden­ti­fied only by their first name and ini­tials ac­cord­ing to Ger­man law, ad­mit­ted to hav­ing passed on in­for­ma­tion to in­tel­li­gence ser­vices in a trial which be­gan last month.

Man­mo­han S was handed a suspended prison sen­tence of 18 months for act­ing as a for­eign in­tel­li­gence agent, while his wife Kan­wal Jit K was fined 180 days’ wages for aid­ing him.

Ac­cord­ing to a court state­ment, Man­mo­han was re­cruited by the In­dian for­eign in­tel­li­gence agency Re­search & Anal­y­sis Wing (RAW) at the be­gin­ning of 2015, and asked to spy on the Kash­miri op­po­si­tion move­ment. ‘The ac­cused re­ported on the in­ter­nal af­fairs of the Sikh tem­ples in Cologne and Frankfurt, as well as on protest events in the Sikh com­mu­nity’, the state­ment said.

The 51 year old was paid € 200 a month for the in­for­ma­tion he pro­vided, and at­tended reg­u­lar meet­ings with an In­dian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer from July 2017. His 50 year old wife ac­com­pa­nied him to the meet­ings. On top of the suspended sen­tence, Man­mo­han was also or­dered to a pay € 1,500 to a char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tion.

Man­mo­han was also or­dered to a pay 1,500 to a char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tion

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