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    ABW Arrests Polish and Belarusian Nationals in Espionage Investigation

    The Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) has detained three individuals—a Polish national and two Belarusian nationals—under the directive of the prosecutor’s office. The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into activities conducted on behalf of a foreign intelligence service.

    The investigation is being led by the Lower Silesian Branch of the Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the National Public Prosecutor’s Office in Wrocław.

    The prosecutor has charged the detained individuals with participation in an organized criminal group with the intent of conducting activities for a foreign intelligence service against the Republic of Poland. These charges fall under Article 258 § 1 of the Polish Penal Code. Additionally, they face accusations of engaging in espionage for the Russian intelligence service and undertaking sabotage actions in Poland in exchange for promises of financial gain, as defined under Article 130 § 7 of the Penal Code. If convicted, the suspects could face life imprisonment.

    The prosecutor’s office has requested temporary detention for the suspects, citing concerns about potential obstruction of justice, the risk of flight, and the severity of the penalties they face. The court has granted this request, agreeing with the prosecution’s assessment.

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