‘Spy’ Battles Deportation in U.K.
Published: October 19, 2011 (Issue # 1679)
LONDON — A British lawmaker’s former assistant accused of spying for Moscow went to court Tuesday in a bid to prevent being deported — telling judges that she had had an affair with her boss, but was not a Russian agent.
Yekaterina Zatuliveter, also known as Katya, was arrested in December on suspicion of using her position in the office of legislator Mike Hancock to pass information to Russian intelligence.
She was not charged, but British authorities want to deport her as a danger to national security.
Zatuliveter denies spying and is asking the Special Immigration Appeals Commission to block her extradition. The case is being heard by three judges and a former head of the MI5 intelligence agency.