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A court in the Netherlands has sentenced a former Dutch foreign ministry worker to 12 years in jail for spying.

Raymond Poeteray passed on hundreds of sensitive documents to Russia.

The 61-year-old handed the data to a German couple, the pair are currently on trial in Stuttgart.

The judge said Poeteray acted “purely out of financial interest”.

Elianne van Rens is a spokesperson for the court:

“Leaking state-secrets is damaging to the Dutch state and its allies. That is why this is such a strong ruling. The court assumes he did it for money which is an aggravating circumstance.”

Poeteray passed on information concerning NATO and EU activity in Libya, Afghanistan and Georgia.

He was arrested in Germany in 2012, where he was found to be carrying USB sticks holding data in a glasses case.