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Germany expels alleged Syrian spies

02-10-2012 07:37 BJT

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The German government has expelled four Syrian diplomats following the arrest earlier this week of two men accused of spying on Syrian opposition groups in Germany.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement on Thursday that he ordered the expulsion of the four Syrian Embassy employees and that the ambassador had been informed. He declined to give further details on the decision.

A Syrian flag flies in the wind in front of the Syrian embassy in Berlin, Germany, Thursday,
Feb. 9, 2012. Germany says it is expelling four Syrian diplomats following the arrest earlier
this week of two men accused of spying on Syrian opposition groups in Germany.

German federal prosecutors said on Tuesday they had arrested a Syrian and a German-Lebanese dual-national on suspicion of espionage on the Syrian opposition supporters in Germany during several years.

Syria’s ambassador to Germany was summoned to the Foreign Ministry the same day and stated that Berlin cannot tolerate such activities.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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