Swedish Court of Appeal upholds Russian spy conviction

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Swedish appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that a former security and armed forces official had been spying for Russia for the past decade.

A district court in January convicted 42-year-old Peyman Kia of espionage and unauthorized handling of classified information and sentenced him to life in prison.

In the same case, the lower court sentenced his younger brother Payam Kia to nine years and ten months for espionage. The brother, who also originally appealed the verdict, withdrew his appeal last week.

(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom, Editing by Terje Solsvik)

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