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Moscow Court Extends Arrest for American Charged as Spy

Moscow Court Extends Arrest for American Charged as Spy
Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine accused of spying and arrested in Russia stands in a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow Friday. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, 23 August 2019 08:06 AM

A Moscow court has ruled to keep an American man suspected of spying in prison for two more months.

The court ruled on Friday to keep Paul Whelan behind bars at least until late October. Whelan, who is reportedly kept in cramped conditions at a Moscow detention facility, felt unwell, and the court called an ambulance. Paramedics, however, said he doesn't require hospitalization. The U.S. Embassy last month said Whelan's condition has worsened.

Whelan, who also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, was arrested in a hotel room in Moscow in December last year and charged with espionage, which carries up to 20 years in prison. He has publicly complained of poor prison conditions and has said his life is in danger.

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A Moscow court has ruled to keep an American man suspected of spying in prison for two more months. The court ruled on Friday to keep Paul Whelan behind bars at least until late October. Whelan, who is reportedly kept in cramped conditions at a Moscow,...
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