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Romania convicts 2 of spying

2010-06-18 21:23

Bucharest - A court on Friday sentenced a Romanian non-commissioned military officer and a Bulgarian citizen to 12½ years in prison for passing classified information to Ukraine.

Bucharest's Appeal Court found Floricel Achim guilty of handing over classified military information to his Bulgarian friend Marinov Zikolov from 2002 to 2008.

Zikolov gave the information to Ukraine, which, unlike Romania, is not a member of Nato.

The classified information included maps, military technical information and details on radars.

Achim's superiors in the defence ministry are on trial for failing to protect state secrets.

President Traian Basescu cancelled a visit to Ukraine in February 2009 about a case on which Ukraine has never commented.

Prosecutors said Achim admitted to the charges, saying he did it because he had "a precarious financial situation." He had received up to $1 000 for each delivery of documents.

The two were arrested a year ago.