US spy refused bail application by Moscow court holding Russian confidential documents

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 US spy refused bail application by Moscow court holding Russian confidential documents


Overseas Network, January 22 - Paul Whelan, a retired U.S. Marine, was arrested in Moscow, Russia, late last month and charged with espionage. Moscow Court ruled Tuesday (22) that Paul Whelan must remain in custody while awaiting trial and refused his bail application. Whelans lawyer confirmed that the party did have relevant information about Russian state secrets at the time of his arrest.

A brief hearing was held in Moscow Court on January 22, local time, according to reports from the Russian Tass News Agency, the United States today and the BBC. A judge at the meeting rejected Whelans bail application.

The Russian Federation Security Bureau (FSB) said that on December 28 last year, Whelan was on a spy mission when he was arrested at a Moscow hotel. If Whelan is convicted of espionage, he will face up to 20 yearsimprisonment.

But Whelan insisted that he was innocent, and his family said they were convinced that she was trapped and not guilty of espionage. On Tuesday, Whelan appealed against the decision to refuse bail in a Moscow court.

Vladimir Zherebenkov, a Russian lawyer for Whelan, said he could confirm that at the time of his arrest, Whelan had some documents containing Russian state secrets, but I could not disclose the details. Gelekov said it was unclear how Whelan received the documents and whether he knew they existed. But Gelekov told the BBC that he had not seen any conclusive evidence that Whelan was a spy, and that Whelan was in a good mood and determined to prove his innocence. Last December, Paul Whelan, an American citizen, was arrested in Moscow for spying. He was later confirmed to have Canadian, British and Irish nationalities in addition to his American citizenship. Shortly after the Russian arrest of Whelan, the United States asked to visit Whelan. According to Xinhua earlier reports, the Russian government approved the U.S. visit request on January 4. Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: He Yufang_NN5632

Vladimir Zherebenkov, a Russian lawyer for Whelan, said he could confirm that at the time of his arrest, Whelan had some documents containing Russian state secrets, but I could not disclose the details. Gelekov said it was unclear how Whelan received the documents and whether he knew they existed. But Gelekov told the BBC that he had not seen any conclusive evidence that Whelan was a spy, and that Whelan was in a good mood and determined to prove his innocence.

Last December, Paul Whelan, an American citizen, was arrested in Moscow for spying. He was later confirmed to have Canadian, British and Irish nationalities in addition to his American citizenship. Shortly after the Russian arrest of Whelan, the United States asked to visit Whelan. According to Xinhua earlier reports, the Russian government approved the U.S. visit request on January 4.