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Another Indian Faces Trial For Spying On Sikhs And Kashmiris In Germany

Joginer Singh (C), a preacher at the Sikh community centre speaks with other members in Essen, Western Germany on April 21, 2016. – German police arrested two teenagers with Islamist backgrounds on April 21, 2016 over an explosion that wounded three people at a Sikh temple, labelling it a “terrorist attack”. (Photo by PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP)

Federal prosecutors allege the suspect, identified as 54-year-old Balvir, has been working with the Indian foreign intelligence agency Research & Analysis Wing since 2015. The same Frankfurt court earlier convicted an Indian couple for spying on the same communities

FRANKFURT – Another Indian national will stand trial in Germany accused of spying on Sikh and Kashmiri communities for New Delhi’s Secret Service, a court said Friday. This follows a conviction for an India couple accused of spying.

Federal prosecutors allege the suspect, identified as 54-year-old Balvir, has been working with the Indian foreign intelligence agency Research & Analysis Wing since 2015.

“He allegedly provided information about figures in the Sikh opposition scene and the Kashmiri movement and their relatives in Germany, and passed this on to his handlers who were working at the Indian consulate general in Frankfurt,” the higher regional court in the city said in a statement.

The trial will open on August 25.

The same Frankfurt court convicted an Indian couple for spying on the same communities last December.

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