Dutch FM official arrested for spying

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A Dutch foreign ministry official has been arrested on suspicion of bribery and leaking confidential information, possibly including state secrets.

The 60-year-old man was detained on 24 March, the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on Friday. Following a court ruling, the suspect will be remanded in custody for up to a fortnight.

The man is accused of passing on secret information to a couple living Germany who are believed to be spies for Russia.


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