Suspected German Spy to Go on Trial

BERLIN -- A German engineer who worked for EADS's Eurocopter unit will go on trial June 9 on charges of selling information to a Russian intelligence agent, a Munich court said.

The suspect -- identified only as Werner Franz G. -- is accused of providing "predominantly civil but also military" information to an "agent of a Russian intelligence service," the Munich state court said late last week without being more specific.

The mechanical engineer is accused of receiving 13,000 euros ($20,000) in exchange for documents, handbooks and other information for "technical products," the court said, adding that the information concerned "primarily civilian-use helicopters."

He is accused of repeated meetings with the intelligence contact in Germany and Austria arranged primarily through anonymous e-mail accounts. Prosecutors charged the man with activity as a foreign agent on March 3 and at the time said he had admitted to the charges.