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Suspected Spy Remains in Custody

Published fredag 3 mars 2006 kl 10.18

The Russian man suspected of espionage against Sweden has been remanded in custody for another two weeks by a Stockholm court.

The 29-year-old research student at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala was arrested on February 15 and was initially ordered held in custody until March 3.

On Thursday however, the Stockholm district court said it had extended his detention until March 16, when he is expected to be indicted.

Prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand said last month that the 29 year old, who studied plants and plant viruses, had been spying on Sweden since January 2005 and that the espionage had harmed Sweden’s ”overall defense”.

The suspect risks up to six years in prison if convicted of spying.

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