Verdict in espionage case could be announced in Belarus in September

MINSK. Sept 6 (Interfax) - Hearings in the case of espionage for Poland in Belarus are likely to be over by the end of next week, Anastasia Tsimanovich, the press secretary of the Belarusian Supreme Court, told Interfax.

"A verdict will be announced," she said.

Tsimanovich also said that "experts testified and documents were scrutinized on Tuesday, and witnesses, among them a Russian citizen, are being questioned today. A court session is to be held on Friday," the press secretary said.

The Supreme Court's Military Board opened hearings on September 4 in a criminal case against several Belarusian citizens accused of high treason and spying for Poland's military intelligence service.

Earlier, the Belarusian state security committee, the KGB, announced that it had exposed a Polish intelligence network in Belarus. KGB deputy head Viktor Vegera said five former officers had been detained on suspicion of gathering intelligence for the Polish intelligence service.

Vegera said that the intelligence gathered had to do with the Belarusian-Russian united air defense system. The suspects were caught before they managed to harm Belarus' defense capability, he said.