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Internal Security Service suspects defense forces' officer of exposing state secret

Capt. Ivo Jurak has been in custody for a month already as the Estonian Internal Security Service (KaPo) suspects him of having exposed a state secret.

Jurak, 38, served as junior staff officer at the Estonian Defence Forces' Movement Coordination Centre, reported Estonian daily Eesti Ekspress (link in Estonian).

This center coordinates the Defence Forces' strategic transport, including the movement of NATO forces and equipment arriving in Estonia.

The KaPo suspects Jurak of having taken documents containing a state secret along with him from work and keeping them at home. Accrording to Jurak's lawyer Natalia Lausmaa, Jurak admits to his guilt.

Jurak is suspected according to Paragraph 241 of the Penal Code, which means that the exposure of a state secret is unrelated to treason or spying.

If found guilty, Jurak could face a fine or up to five years in prison.

Jurak has previously served as intelligence chief for the Scouts Battalion and chief of staff for the Guard Battalion.

Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla

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