Alleged Russian Spy Admits Moscow Ties
A suspected Russian spy recently arrested by US authorities has reportedly confirmed his ties with the Russian government. According to CNN, citing court documents, suspect Juan Lazaro admitted that he has been providing information to the Russian intelligence service with the help of his wife and co-suspect Vicky Pelaez.
Lazaro also admitted that he has been using a fake name and that his home in Yonkers, New York, is being paid for by the service. Lazaro made the statements as part of his petition for bail in a New York Federal Court. Lazaro’s trial to determine if he is entitled to a bail was adjourned without the judge reaching a decision.
Pelaez’s bail, on the other hand, has been set at $250,000 plus $10,000. She will also have to wear an electronic monitor if she is released on bail.
The development comes as Cyprus continues to hunt for the alleged boss of the ten suspected spies arrested in the US. Christopher Robert Metsos, who was arrested on Tuesday but released on a $33,000 bail, failed to appear for a court hearing on Wednesday and efforts by Cypriot police to find the suspect have failed as of Thursday.
The FBI arrested the ten suspects on Sunday after several years of investigation.