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Spy suspect keeps job

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13:49 CEST+02:00
The female Swedish lieutenant commander suspected of involvement in a spying scandal in Kosovo has been told that she can hold to her job pending a criminal investigation.

The officer is accused of having leaked secret NATO and United Nations documents to a Serbian spy with whom she had a love affair.

An army disciplinary committee decided on May 31st to postpone a decision on whether or not the woman should be relieved of her military duties.

The woman was sent home to Sweden last year following preliminary investigations by the Military Intelligence and Security Service (Militära underrättelse- och säkerhetstjänsten - MUST).

MUST has accused the 35-year-old lieutenant commander of "failing to cooperate in the prevention of the continued unauthorized gathering of information", according to the minutes of the meeting of the army disciplinary committee.

The lieutenant commander has denied the allegations and has instead provided the disciplinary committee with her own version of events. The committee has now ruled that a final decision can only be reached following the results of a preliminary investigation.

At the end of May, the Office of the Public Prosecutor began investigating whether the woman's alleged actions represented a threat to national security.

"We are collecting information and have probably now got all that we need to read and see what it's all about," said chief prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand.

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