Ex-U.S. Marine pleads not guilty as espionage trial ends in Russia

citizen detained in Russia for suspected spying, appears in a photo provided by the Whelan family on January 1, 2019. Proceedings continued despite coronavirus-related restrictions imposed across Russia on most businesses. Marine Paul Whelan ends, family “expect a wrongful conviction”

By Alexandra Odynova

May 25, 2020 / 9:30 AM
/ CBS News

Moscow – Russian prosecutors asked a Moscow court on Monday to sentence former U.S. He served in Iraq for several months in 2004 and 2006.The Moscow City Court is expected to hand down a verdict on June 15. Marine Corps before being discharged in 2008 for bad conduct, according to the military. and China on “brink of new Cold War”

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“Murder hornets” are the newest lethal threat in the U.S. Whelan’s twin brother David said in a statement last week that he believes there is no real evidence in the case to support the charges, but he doesn’t expect an acquittal. Whelan pleaded not guilty and asked the court to clear him of all charges, according to his lawyer Olga Karlova. Paul Whelan, American accused of spying in Russia, to remain in prison

“In his moving closing remarks he spoke about how much he loves Russia and Russian people, and he never wished them ill,” Karlova told CBS News after the hearing. Trending News

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Hong Kong standoff leaves U.S. “We expect a wrongful conviction and can only hope that the sentence is at the lighter end of the range,” he said.U.S. Marine Paul Whelan to 18 years in prison on espionage charges, wrapping up a high-profile trial that has put additional pressure on the country’s relations with Washington. The trial, which began in March, has been held mostly behind closed doors due to the classified materials in the case. The Kommersant business daily reported, citing an anonymous source at the trial, that Whelan told the court the FSB major, who was a key witness for the prosecution, set him up to avoid repaying a debt of $1,400 (100,000 rubles). Both the prosecution and Whelan’s defense teams gave their closing arguments Monday. He spent 14 years in the U.S. First published on May 25, 2020 / 9:30 AM officials have condemned the trial and called for Whelan’s release. Whelan, 50, was arrested at a central Moscow hotel in December 2018. Russia espionage trial of ex-U.S. Investigators claim he was caught red-handed after receiving a USB drive containing classified information. Handout

At the time of his arrest, Whelan was the director of global security for Michigan-based auto parts supplier BorgWarner. Whelan, who also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, has insisted throughout the trial that he was framed by the Federal Security Service (FSB) agent who gave him the drive. Paul Whelan, a U.S.