A Russian spy is found to have used a false identity to apply for an internship and try to infiltrate the International Criminal Court (ICC).
These claims were made by the Dutch intelligence service.
The said spy, Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov is said to have created an elaborate cover story dating back years to try and enter the Netherlands as a Brazilian national to get the job at the Hague-based court in April.
This was announced by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) in a statement that the man, who went by the alias Viktor Muller Ferreira, was picked up at a Dutch airport.
He was declared an undesirable alien and put on the next flight back to Brazil, where he faces court proceedings, it added.
The ICC spokesperson Sonia Robla said the court was grateful to the Dutch authorities for the operation and the exposing of security risks. “The ICC takes these threats very seriously and will continue to work and cooperate with The Netherlands,” she said.
Dutch intelligence said that Cherkasov had a lengthy cover story that included a troubled family past, details from a club where he would listen to trance music, and his favorite restaurant that served bean stew.