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Estonian couple held for spying

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A former senior official at Estonia's defence ministry has been arrested, along with his wife, on suspicion of spying, state prosecutors say.

The man has been named as Herman Simm, 61, who headed the security department at the ministry between 2000 and 2006.

He is suspected of collecting classified information and passing it to a foreign country.

Estonian authorities have not named the country involved, but the Baltic News Service (BNS) said it was Russia.

There has been no comment from Moscow.

The prosecutor's office said Mr Simm's wife, Heete, who works as a lawyer at Estonia's National Police Board, was suspected of aiding treason.

Estonia has been a member of Nato and the European Union since 2004 and its relations with Russia have been frosty since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Country profile: Estonia
08 Jul 08 |  Country profiles

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