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Indian couple sentenced on spying in Germany

German court has sentenced an Indian couple on spying. The couple has admitted their crime to spy on Kashmiri and Sikh groups for the Indian foreign intelligence service.

Court documents said the couple, named only as Manmohan S and his wife Kanwal Jit K, were paid more than €7,000 (£6,000) for passing on information.

Manmohan S was given an 18-month of  prison sentence for spying while his wife received a heavy fine.

The court in Frankfurt was notified that Manmohan S, 51, was enrolled by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s main external intelligence agency, in 2015 and asked to spy on Kashmiri opposition groups.

“The charged couple reported on the internal affairs of the Sikh temples in Cologne and Frankfurt, as well as on protest events in the Sikh community,” a court statement said.

He attended regular meetings with an Indian intelligence officer from July 2017 and was paid €200 a month for the information he provided
Kanwal Jit K has supported him in to the meetings, the court said.

As well as the suspended sentence, Manmohan S was ordered to a pay €1,500 to a charitable institution. Kanwal Jit K was fined the equivalent of 180 days’ wages for helping her husband.

The couple have a week to appeal against the court’s decision.

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