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Bonn Charges Man With Spying for Poland For 40 Years

January 10, 1989

KARLSRUHE, West Germany (AP) _ West Germany said today it has charged a Polish-born West German resident with spying for Poland for nearly 40 years.

Charges against Jerzy Edward Romanowski, 64, say he first agreed to spy for Poland in 1948, received intelligence training in 1952, and slipped into West Germany in 1953.

The federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe said in a statement it will show that from 1953, Romanowski provided the Polish intelligence service with sketches and descriptions of civil and military facilities and information on naval fleet movements in the Baltic Sea.

Over the years, Romanowski lived in several northern West German towns before moving to Hamburg, and he made regular contact with his Polish intelligence counterpart in East Berlin, Vienna, and towns in Yugoslavia, Greece and Scandinavia, the statement charges.

Romanowski was arrested in July and is awaiting trial at a jail in Hamburg.

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