Ukrainian prosecutors say that a Turkish national has been convicted of bribing a navy official for information regarding navy patrols in the Black Sea off the Crimean coast.
The prosecutor general's office stated Tuesday that the 41-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, paid the navy official around $7,000 last year to learn when and where navy ships conduct patrols. He was sentenced to three years, three months in prison.
The navy official notified Ukrainian security services and was instructed to feed him erroneous information while authorities worked to detain him.
The Foreign Ministry in Ankara was not able to provide details on the issue when approached by Cihan news agency on Wednesday.
However, an official from their office suggested that the issue could be related to Turkish fishing boats poaching in Ukrainian waters. The Anatolia news agency also reported that prosecutors have guessed this to be the cause behind the Turkish man's actions.
Cihan news agencyLast Mod: 27 Temmuz 2011, 18:08