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German prosecutors file charges against suspected Syrian spy

(AFP) — German prosecutors say they have filed criminal charges against a person suspected of spying for Syria.

A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors said Sunday that they have filed charges against a suspected Syrian spy but said she couldn’t give any other details before they have confirmation that the suspect and the defense team have received the indictment.

She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with department rules.

The weekly Der Spiegel, which didn’t cite sources, identified the suspect as Akram O. — one of two men arrested in Germany in February who authorities have said are suspected of having spied on Syrian opposition activists in Germany for several years.

Germany joined several other countries in expelling the Syrian ambassador in late May amid mounting violence in the country.

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