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A Russian court sentenced an American Paul Whelan to 16 years in prison for spying, a conviction he dismissed as political.
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Paul Whelan convicted for spying
The Moscow court read on Monday the conviction of Paul Whelan for spying and sentenced him to 16 years in a maximum security penal colony.
U.S. Embassy has denounced Whelan’s trial as unfair
Whelan insisted on his innocence, saying that he had been created. The U.S. Embassy has denounced Whelan’s trial as unfair, stating that no evidence has been provided.
Whelan’s brother David said the lawyers will appeal the verdict he denounced as a politician, adding in a statement that “the court ruling only completes the last part of this broken court case”.
“We expected the court to show some independence, but in the end, the Russian judges are political entities and not legal,” the statement said. “We hope the United States government will take immediate action to bring Paul home.”
American Paul Whelan convicted of spying by Russia, gets 16 years in prison https://t.co/okh5edT9yV
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