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Spy work helps ex-KGB agent escape drink-driving conviction in New Zealand

Published on Feb 9, 2014 3:47 PM

AUCKLAND (AFP) - A former KGB agent in the Soviet era has escaped a drink-drive charge in New Zealand so he can continue his work as a consultant to foreign intelligence agencies, a report said on Sunday.

Mr Alexander Kouzminov, 57, recorded a breath alcohol reading twice the legal limit in New Zealand.

But his lawyer successfully argued in the Auckland District Court that a conviction would mean he lost the right to travel to many countries where he assisted intelligence agencies.

Judge David Burns said Mr Kouzminov's breath alcohol reading was "very high" but said "the spectacular fall from grace" of losing his work would be too high a price to pay, the Sunday Herald reported.

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