Czech diplomat was US spy

Campaign News | Friday, 14 April 2006

Expelled envoy working for Washington, says foreign minister

HAVANA, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said on Friday that Cuba had expelled the Czech Republic diplomat Stanislav Kazecky for alleged spying activities on behalf of the United States.

Kazecky, the Czech Republic's embassy counselor for political affairs, had tried on many occasions to get near Cuban military facilities to take pictures, Perez Roque told the press.

There is no reason at all for the diplomat to have been on or near the military premises, he said.

According to Perez Roque, Kazecky did not act as a diplomat anddid not work for the Czech Republic government, but for the U.S. government and received orders from the American secret service.

The diplomat from the Czech Republic had systematically violated the Vienna Convention by carrying out intelligence work and subversive jobs for White House Special Services, he said.

"He carries out orders by American special services, works closely with the United States subversive apparatus, distributes money and materials to mercenary groups and helps the government of the United States," he said.

Kazecky, who had been working in Havana since 2004, was given 72 hours to leave the island country, a deadline which will expireon Saturday.

Prague said it would respond by refusing to renew the visa of aCuban diplomat.

Asked about the Czech Republic Foreign Ministry's reaction, Perez Roque said: "I don't care at all. Cuba is defending its sovereignty and no country can infringe upon it and its laws."

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