Ex-US Marine accused of spying in Russia says guard threatened him with gun: Ifax

Published October 24, 2019, 3:52 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

MOSCOW – A former US Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying said on Thursday that a prison guard had forced him to his knees in custody and that he had been threatened with a gun, the Interfax news agency reported.

Former US Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage, is escorted inside a court building in Moscow, Russia October 24, 2019. (REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/MANILA BULLETIN)
Former US Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage, is escorted inside a court building in Moscow, Russia October 24, 2019. (REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/MANILA BULLETIN)

Paul Whelan, who holds US, British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in December and accused of espionage. He denies the allegations and says he was set up in a politically motivated sting.

 
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