BERLIN: An Indian couple living in Germany was sentenced by a court on Thursday after admitting to spying on Sikh and Kashmiri communities for the Indian secret service.

The couple, identified only by their first name and initials according to German law, admitted to having passed on information to intelligence services in a trial which began last month. Manmohan S. was handed a suspended prison sentence of 18 months for acting as a foreign intelligence agent, while his wife Kanwal Jit K. was fined 180 days’ wages for aiding him.

According to a court statement, S. was recruited by the Indian foreign intelligence agency, Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW), at the beginning of 2015, and asked to spy on the Kashmiri movement.

Published in Dawn, December 13th, 2019