The German former spy Werner Mauss has been given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to donate €200,000 (£180,000) to charity after he was convicted of tax evasion.
The 77-year-old, who has been called the German James Bond, was found guilty of stashing undeclared assets in offshore accounts and shortchanging the state of millions in taxes between 2002 and 2011.
For at least three decades, Mauss, also known as “Institution M”, was a rogue operator who moved between the criminal underworld and intelligence agencies, entrapping drug dealers, retrieving stolen goods, negotiating with terrorists and often changing identity mid-flight on his private plane.
From 1970 to 1996, Mauss’s name was mentioned in connection with almost every major criminal case in West Germany. According to a biography by the journalist Stefan Aust, he claimed to have orchestrated the arrest of no fewer than 162 diamond smugglers, burglars