Suspected Russian spy given suspiciously short jail sentence
Questions are being asked after a suspected Russian spy was given a very short sentence after a private trial.
According to reports in yesterday’s SonntagsZeitung newspaper the man was arrested in Geneva in July last year. He was carrying fake car licence plates, several mobile phones and a drone.
Federal prosecutors charged him with espionage and last month a court sentenced him to six months in jail. Due to the time he spent in detention – he was released immediately.
The paper says there are suspicious Swiss authorities wanted the issue closed quickly.
The man denies he was spying for Russia.
Swiss and Russian authorities are refusing to comment. A recent report compiled for the government concluded 1 in 4 Russian diplomats are spies.