Italian navy officer found guilty of spying for Moscow

10 March, 01:27 AM
Flag of Italy (Photo:juliacasado1 / pixabay)

Flag of Italy (Photo:juliacasado1 / pixabay)

A military tribunal in Rome has sentenced Walter Biot, the naval officer accused of spying for Russia, to 30 years imprisonment, Italian news agency ANSA reported on March 9. 

According to the prosecution, Biot handed over secret documents to an employee of the Russian embassy in Italy, in March 2021. Biot took photos of 19 confidential NATO documents, including those marked “Top Secret,” in exchange for a promised reward of EUR 5,000 ($5,292).

While the prosecutors asked for Biot to be imprisoned for life, he was ultimately sentenced to 30 years in prison. Biot’s lawyer maintains the defendant “had no chance to defend himself.”

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Back in 2023, Biot’s wife said the officer decided to work for Russia due to personal financial difficulties exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and asserted her husband supplied Moscow with information of little significance.

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