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Scot extradited to British embassy in Berlin for spying for Russia

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A Scottish security guard at the British Embassy in Berlin suspected of spying for Russia has been extradited to the UK and is due to appear in court on charges of nine offenses under the Official Secrets Act, Scotland Yard said.

David Smith, 57, is accused of collecting information from the embassy and intending to pass it on to a foreign state.

One of the nine offenses allegedly committed between October 2020 and last August relates to allegations that he passed information to a person he believed to be an official of the Russian state, according to the Crown Prosecutor’s Office (CPS ).

Smith, who is originally from Ayr and still has close relatives in the city, was flown in from Germany on Wednesday and is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The British national, who resided in Potsdam, Germany, was arrested by German police on August 10 last year and remanded in custody in the country.

Nick Price, CPS Chief of Special Crimes and Counter-Terrorism, said: “David Smith has been charged with nine felonies that violate the Official Secrets Act.

“He faces seven offenses of gathering information with intent to send it to the Russian authorities, one attempting to communicate and one providing information to a person he believed was a member of the Russian authorities .

“After reviewing the case and approving the charges, we received an extradition order and worked closely with our German colleagues to bring Mr Smith back to the UK.”

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