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Dutch Prosecutors Want 15 Years for Alleged Spy

AMSTERDAM — Dutch prosecutors say they will seek a 15-year sentence in the case of a Dutch diplomat accused of delivering state secrets to Russian agents.

The 61-year-old suspect, who worked at the Netherlands' Foreign Affairs Ministry, was identified under Dutch privacy laws as Raymond P. He was arrested in March on suspicion of revealing state secrets, corruption, money laundering, and illegal possession of a weapon, and faces trial in a domestic court in The Hague, his home town.

He says he is innocent.

Prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that Raymond P. passed information to two suspects being held in Germany — a couple that called themselves Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag, though their true identity is unknown. They are charged with giving the information gathered by Raymond P. to Russia's intelligence agency.

(AP)

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