The United States is “deeply outraged” by the decision of the Russian court to sentence an American citizen Paul Whelan to 16 years in prison on charges of espionage. This is stated in the statement of the head of the State Department Mike Pompeo, which is posted on the website of the American Embassy in Moscow.
The Secretary called the trial a secret, and the sentence based on secret evidence which was not security clearance from the defense witnesses.
“We have serious concerns that Whelan was deprived of the guarantees to a fair trial, that Russia was obliged to provide, in accordance with its international obligations in the field of human rights. Treatment with Paul Whelan from the Russian authorities was awful. Russia was unable to provide him the opportunity to appear before an independent and impartial Tribunal. During his detention, was subjected to risk his life, ignoring medical records. He was kept isolated from family and friends,” the statement says Pompeo.
The head of the state Department demanded the immediate release of a compatriot.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan called the sentence a “mockery of justice” which saw the whole world. His words leads on Twitter press Secretary of the Embassy Rebecca Ross.
Ambassador Sullivan: The United States demands that U.S. citizen #PaulWhelan be released immediately. His conviction is a mockery of justice. The world is watching. @mfa_russia
— Rebecca Ross (@USEmbRuPress) June 15, 2020