A Russian court has sentenced to 16 years in prison accused of espionage American Whelan

On 15 June the Moscow city court found American Paul Whelan guilty of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in prison of strict regime, have informed the edition “Kommersant”.

The state prosecution asked for Whelan’s 18 years of the colony.

American called the verdict political and said that it will appeal.

“This is a political court, a bogus court. We proved my innocence, proved fabrication, the task now is to overcome telephone justice,” said Whelan.

American really did not have time to answer when asked whether he understood the sentence. The judge in fact did not listen, said “Deutsche Welle”.

Whelan is a citizen of four countries: USA, Canada, UK and Ireland. Him have detained in Moscow in hotel “Metropol” in December 2018. All the while he was in jail “Lefortovo”.

According to investigators, a former us marine has received from the current FSB a flash drive with sensitive data on Russian security services. Whelan said that the stick had been planted on him.

The Russian foreign Ministry has proposed to exchange prisoners, including Whelan. Russian diplomats said that Moscow, in particular, is interested in returning home serving sentences in the United States of Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko. In 2011, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit delivery of a large consignment of cocaine in the United States.

Paul Whelan was born in Ottawa in 1970, but in childhood moved to the United States. His parents are British. Paul Whelan has a twin brother David. In 1994–2008 Paul Whelan served in the U.S. marine corps. Eth was discharged on the discrediting circumstances, he was accused of involvement in several cases of theft. After leaving the army, worked in security company Kelly Security Services, then the company BorgWarner, which has been supplying automotive parts and components (at the time of arrest, he remained an employee).

David Whelan said his brother loved Russia and visited her. In December 2018 in the Russian capital, he came to the wedding of a colleaguewho married a Russian woman.

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