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Russian Court Extends Detention of former US Marine Accused of Espionage 

A Russian court has extended by more than two months the detention of a former U.S. Marine accused of espionage.In a closed hearing in Moscow’s Lefortovo Court Friday, the presiding judge prolonged Paul Whelan’s detention until October 29th — the latest phase in an eight-month investigation by the country’s Federal Security Services, or FSB, that appears to be grinding toward presentation of formal charges by year's end. “I am innocent of any charges resulting from this political kidnapping, No crime ever occurred,” said Whelan, 49, in a statement hurriedly read as police forced journalists from the courtroom following the judge’s ruling. Accused spy and former US Marine Paul Whelan in a Moscow court today proclaiming his innocence from espionage charges. The court prolonged his detainment until October 29th pending an ongoing FSB investigation. pic.twitter.com/UmxGz6Z4io— Charles Maynes (@cwmiii3) August 23, 2019“The latest that we’ve seen from the investigation plays into the hands of the defense,” Whelan’s Russian lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, said after the ruling. “Paul’s version that this crime was merely a provocation is justified in our view. Investigators think otherwise."If convicted, Whelan faces the possibility of 10- to 20 years in prison.Entering the courthouse in handcuffs and led by masked police, the former Marine complained of rough treatment by authorities despite health issues. “They are dragging me along even though I have a medical condition which prohibits it,” said Whelan.  In the initial open phase of the hearing, Whelan said he was in “great pain” and had repeatedly told the prosecutor about abuse and injuries at the hands of FSB and prison officials. Whelan said that despite his complaints, no action was taken. “The prosecutor is allowing unlawful acts that violate human rights, acts that violate Russian law by the FSB," Whelan said. "The prosecutor’s office knows about this and has done nothing. Therefore she needs... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Russian Court Extends Detention of former US Marine Accused of Espionage , simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Russian Court Extends Detention of former US Marine Accused of Espionage 

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 23 August

 

 

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