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Spanish journalist suspected of spying for Russia arrested in Poland

Pablo González worked for the online newspaper Público and the television network La Sexta.

An independent Spanish journalist has been arrested in Polish territory near the border with Ukraine, suspected of spying for the Russian military intelligence service GRU, the Polish security agency ABW announced on Friday.

Pablo González worked for the online newspaper Público and the television network La Sexta.

“ABW agents arrested a Spanish citizen of Russian origin (…). He was identified as an agent of the General Information Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”, according to a statement from the Polish services.

“He carried out activities in favor of Russia, taking advantage of his status as a journalist,” he added.

The journalist’s lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, known in his country for being the lawyer for Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont, said on his Twitter account on Thursday evening that “after four days, we have just been informed by the Spanish Consulate in Poland that Pablo González is accused of a crime of espionage under article 130.1 of the Polish Penal Code and that he is in provisional detention in Rzeswow Prison”.

Reporters Without Borders confirmed on Twitter on Thursday that “Spanish journalist Pablo González was detained in Rzeszow, near the Ukrainian border, where he has since been held for more than 72 hours by the internal security agency (ABW) without any explanation. credible. He does not have access to his lawyer, which constitutes a denial of his fundamental rights.”

For its part, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged Polish authorities to “immediately release” the Spanish reporter.

According to CPJ, on February 6, “Ukrainian security agents detained González for several hours in Kiev, accusing him of reporting in army-controlled areas in the Donbass region without proper clearance, before being released without charge.”

According to Polish services, González was detained on the night of February 27-28 in Przemysl, near the Polish-Ukrainian border, where he spent several days.

“He was preparing a trip to Ukraine,” ABW said.

According to the Polish Prosecutor’s Office, the journalist worked in Przemysl, at the Medyka border post and in Warsaw, but also in other countries. He had in his possession two passports and two Russian bank cards, with two different names.

He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison in Poland.

Source: With Agencies

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