The Stockholm District Court has sentenced 42-year-old Peyman Kia to life imprisonment for spying for the Russian military intelligence service GRU. His younger brother, 35-year-old Payam Kia, will spend nine years and 10 months in prison for aiding in the crime.
The case is called in Sweden “The biggest espionage scandal since the Cold War.” In the verdict, the court emphasized that “beyond any doubt” the brothers of Iranian origin jointly and in concert obtained, transferred and disclosed to a foreign power information that could threaten the security of Sweden. This process lasted 10 years.
Peyman Kia, during his employment in the Swedish special services SAPO and the armed forces, allegedly obtained 90 secret documents, and his brother Payam Kia, responsible for contacts with Russiacontributed to the acquisition of 65 documents.
Both men pleaded not guilty during the trial, most of which was held behind closed doors.
Stockholm District Court
As the media wrote earlier, the elder brother was the person responsible for security in the government administration until his arrest in autumn 2021. Previously, he worked both in the Swedish special services SAPO, the military intelligence MUST, and served in the secret agency KSI, the purpose of which is, among other things, to recruitment of sources.
As revealed by the public television SVT, the younger brother is a would-be policeman. According to the indictment, he received a substantial amount of dollars in cash from the GRU in return for the information he provided. After his brother’s arrest, he destroyed the computer’s hard drive to cover his tracks.
Both brothers immigrated to Sweden in the 1980s as children with their parents.
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