PST believes that Brazilian guest researcher José Assis Giammaria (40) is actually Russian Mikhail Valerievich Mikushin (44). Now he is accused of espionage.
Police attorney Thomas Bloom at the Police Security Service (PST) meets with the press on Friday afternoon after the PST decided that Targeting the visiting researcher, the suspected spy.
The man was charged with carrying out illegal intelligence activities against state secrets that would harm fundamental national interests (Article 121 of the Criminal Code).
Violations of this section are punishable by a fine or up to three years in prison.
The investigation that we have now started is in its first stage. Bloom says there is a risk of tampering with evidence.
The man remained in Norway under the name José Assis Giamaria and was holding a Brazilian passport.
PST believes he is a Russian citizen and whose real name is Mikhail Valerievich Mikoshin, commissioned by Russian intelligence.
We’re not entirely sure who he is, but we’re pretty sure he’s not Brazilian, says Bloom.
However, PST believes that Mikhushin was born in Russia and was born on August 19, 1978.
Part of the charge, Bloom says, is Russian identity.
– Confirms that he is Brazilian, he says.
The suspected spy agrees to remand, but does not plead guilty, says advocate Mariana Luzic.
Blom would not comment on how long PST had followed the man, but he does confirm that the investigation began after the Justice Department sent an advance notice of the man’s deportation on October 20.
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