December 13, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Frankfurt: Two Indian citizens living in Germany have been found guilty of spying on Kashmiris and Sikhs for India’s intelligence agency. The couple have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and large fines, a report in DW reads.
The court in Frankfurt found Manmohan Singh, 50, and his wife, Kanwal Jit Kaur, 51, guilty of handing information on such groups to India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
As per reports, Manmohan Singh was handed a one-and-a-half-year suspended jail sentence for illegal espionage activities, while Kanwal Jit Kaur received a fine equivalent to 180 days of income for aiding and abetting such activities.
The husband’s espionage activities are said to have begun in January 2015, with his wife joining him in collecting intelligence from July 2017. The couple are reported to have received €7,200 ($7,974) from R&AW for their services.
During the trial, the two eventually confessed to regular meetings with a RAW handling officer to hand over information.