Former Swedish intelligence official sentenced to life for spying for Russia

A Swedish court has sentenced a former intelligence agency official to life in prison for spying for Russia.

The Stockholm district court handed down the sentence to the defendant on Thursday. He had worked for the Swedish Security Service and the Swedish Armed Forces.

The court said he acquired about 90 classified documents over about a decade for the purpose of benefiting Russia and sold them to the country.

It said his personal computer data contained traces of handling classified intelligence and a large sum of cash.

The court also sentenced his younger brother to nine years and 10 months in prison for spying for Russia.

It said he managed contacts with the Russian government and its military intelligence service GRU and also received compensation.

The head of the Swedish Security Service said in a statement that the espionage the brothers committed is "a matter of exceptionally serious crime" and is "something that must not happen."