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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Prosecutors Seek 12 Years for Moiseyev

Prosecutors asked Monday for a 12-year prison term for Valentin Moiseyev, a former high-level Russian diplomat on trial on charges of spying for South Korea, Interfax reported.

The Moscow City Court is expected to hand down a verdict in Moiseyev's protracted, closed-door trial Tuesday, Interfax said. In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors asked for 12 years, defense lawyer Ksenia Kostromina said.

Moiseyev was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Moscow court in December 1999 on the same charges, but the Supreme Court overturned that conviction in June 2000 and ordered a new trial. Prosecutors accuse Moiseyev of passing state secrets to South Korean intelligence, but his lawyers maintain that the charges do not specify which classified information he allegedly gave them.

In testimony last week, Moiseyev stood by his not-guilty plea.