YEREVAN — Armenian security officers have arrested a former police officer on allegations of spying for Azerbaijan.

Armenia’s National Security Service (HAAT) said on February 5 that 61-year-old retired police Colonel Khachik Martirosian was arrested in Yerevan on January 31.

The HAAT officials said the suspect had established links with Azerbaijani secret services via the Azerbaijani Embassy in Georgia last August and had collected secret information related to Armenia’s military.

“Azerbaijani secret services asked him to obtain military information,” the intelligence agency said in a statement said.

Armenian agents intercepted the delivery of the information to Baku and arrested Martirosian.

He faces a charge of high treason and could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail if found guilty.

Photo: Gorik Hakobian, head of Armenia’s National Security Service

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