German police arrest Pakistani for suspicion in drone spying case

Published: March 29, 2013

A German magazine has said the case involves a firm that did research on reconnaissance drones made by Israel and used by the German army in Afghanistan. PHOTO: FILE

BERLIN: German police have arrested a 28-year-old Pakistani man on suspicion of spying on high-tech military data, the office of the federal public prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.

A German magazine has said the case involves a firm that did research on reconnaissance drones made by Israel and used by the German army in Afghanistan.

“The case is amazing,” Focus magazine quoted one of the investigators as saying. German authorities declined to name the firm.

The man, identified only as Umar R., was arrested in the northern city of Bremen on Wednesday and worked as a student assistant in a research plant, the prosecutor’s statement said.

“He is suspected of working for a Pakistani intelligence service since the end of at least October 2012,” the statement said, alleging he had tried to obtain high-tech information of “military use” for his bosses.

Focus reported the man had worked for a company involved in research on reconnaissance drones, and had allegedly obtained secret studies about the steering and navigation of such drones.

Focus said the firm in question researched Israeli drones used by the German army in Afghanistan and the man, who has relations working for Pakistan’s secret service and military, had allegedly procured the technical knowledge with the aim of making drones crash.

Reader Comments (9)

  • mes
    Mar 29, 2013 - 9:25AM

    “He is suspected of working for a
    Pakistani intelligence service since
    the end of at least October 2012,”

    this is a conspiracy to defame the great Pakistan’s intelligence agency.

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  • John Marsh
    Mar 29, 2013 - 10:11AM

    The German police must be Brain dead ! Why would Pakistan risk detection on such a mission when the Drone control tech is simple and can be defeated by simply swamping the telemetry from the remote station! even if a repeater transnmitter were to be placed in a 747 flying outside Afghanistans boarders or even inside a ground station can be assembled with a field strength and RF output orders of magnitude greater than any repeater could push out. simple white noise transmitted by the ground station swamping the drones reciver would prevent the mission of the drone being successful.maybe even cause it to crash . One does not need anything spophisticated just a ground station with oodles of RF power! Or a simple phone call to Iran would supply the info to complete the ground transmiter!

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  • TB
    Mar 29, 2013 - 10:13AM

    spread pakistanism.Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Mar 29, 2013 - 10:19AM

    I started flying radio controlled aircraft as a twelve year old some 60 odd years ago. The only difference with drones is that radio control has been replaced by satellite radio control. Hardly what is referred to as high tech. The German police can say all they like about a Pakistani spy in Bremen, but the bottom lone is that Pakistan technical experts could bring down drones any time they wished. I cannot hazard a guess why they do not. However, if the Pakistan High Command are having trouble and wish to hire me as a consultant I am always available.

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Mar 29, 2013 - 11:36AM

    The Father of ‘pakitani’ drone in making?Like the father of the bomb, a q khan, who stole centrifugal design from the dutch?

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  • Baby ka Husband
    Mar 29, 2013 - 12:48PM

    @Pakistani Ostrich:
    Everybody steals from everybody else, especially in military hardware. Don’t be such a novice. Even the Americans are always hacking into others computers for this purpose.

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  • Holycow
    Mar 29, 2013 - 3:38PM

    @Pakistani Ostrich: Why do I think you’re an Indian ostrich?

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 29, 2013 - 4:36PM

    @Pakistani Ostrich:

    Why complicate the story of drones! Nobody steals ideas, it is just that anyone familiar with standard techniques can come up with new products one after another! The one who is the first
    does not mean that others who come with simlar products are copy cats!

    Rex Minor

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  • Shakeel
    Apr 1, 2013 - 12:14PM

    You are not Pakistani ostrich.. you are an Indian owl…Improve your English first.. steal a good degree from someone first.

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