Armenia arrests ex-oliceman for spying for Azerbaijan

Armenia has arrested a former police colonel following allegations he was trying to pass on military secrets to arch-foe Azerbaijan, the National Security Service said on Wednesday.

Ex-police officer Khachik Martirosyan, 60, was detained last Friday after purportedly contacting Azerbaijani officials with the offer of spying on his ex-Soviet homeland in return for money, the National Security Service said.

“Azerbaijani secret services asked him to obtain military information,” the intelligence agency said in a statement.

“After acquiring the information, Martirosyan was detained as he was trying to pass it on to his Azerbaijani contacts,” the agency said.

If convicted, he faces a charge of high treason and could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail.

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