Dutch intelligence: 'Russian spy' attempted to work at ICC as an intern

Officials in the Netherlands say they have prevented a Russian intelligence officer from trying to work at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The ICC is investigating allegations of Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

Dutch intelligence services said on Thursday that the 36-year-old Russian arrived in the country in April, using a false identity. He claimed to be a 33-year-old Brazilian.

They said the officer had applied to work at the ICC as an intern. He was refused entry into the Netherlands and deported to Brazil.

The Dutch government says covert access to ICC information would be highly valuable to the Russian intelligence services.

It says the officer might also have been able to influence the court's criminal proceedings.