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Estonian court jails woman over Chinese espionage charges

An Estonian court jailed a woman after it found her guilty of spying for China and conspiring against Tallinn.

The court found Gerli Mutso, 42, guilty of espionage activities on behalf of the People’s Republic of China, according to national broadcaster ERR. She had been charged with conspiring against the Republic of Estonia and participating in and supporting intelligence activities against Estonia.

She was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.

The court established that Mutso had collaborated with another Estonian citizen, who was sentenced last year to three years in prison for similar espionage charges but has since been released on parole.

During the trial, the court said there was evidence Mutso had knowingly and deliberately engaged in activities that would benefit the intelligence services of China and harm the interests of her home country. The court also found her guilty of a drug-related charge.

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