Moscow (AFP) – A former US marine who was arrested in Moscow on espionage fees mentioned Friday he had been injured by guards within the jail the place he’s being held awaiting trial.
“I used to be injured within the jail… the jail would not wish to inform you,” Paul Whelan informed journalists from a cage in a Moscow court docket, which was to resolve on whether or not to increase his provisional detention.
Whelan arrived within the court docket handcuffed and escorted by two safety guards sporting black masks and plain garments.
“You may see the remedy,” he mentioned as he entered.
“I’m standing right here in nice ache on account of an harm sustained within the jail by the jail guards,” he mentioned later from the cage within the courtroom, trying pale.
He didn’t say what kind of harm he suffered, however his lawyer later mentioned guards made him carry heavy belongings to a different cell, exacerbating a hernia.
Whelan informed the decide he wanted to go to a hospital to obtain appropriate care.
The listening to into whether or not to increase his detention was interrupted when paramedics have been known as to look at Whelan, however the decide in the end mentioned hospitalisation was not required.
She dominated to increase his arrest to October 29.
Whelan’s lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov mentioned after the listening to he anticipated the trial to start out in earnest early subsequent 12 months.
He mentioned Whelan has formally requested an operation, which shall be filed by way of correct channels promptly.
The US Embassy in Moscow has requested the Russian international ministry for “quick consular entry” to Whelan to debate “his critical well being allegations,” spokeswoman Andrea Kalan wrote on Twitter.
Whelan, who additionally holds Canadian, Irish and British passports, was arrested in December after allegedly receiving state secrets and techniques. He dangers as much as 20 years in jail if convicted.
On Friday he complained not one of the paperwork equipped for the listening to have been translated into English, and he was given solely two hours to organize.
“How can I take part in my defence?” he requested.
“I am harmless of any cost,” he mentioned.
He maintains he has been framed and that he took a USB drive from an acquaintance pondering it contained vacation images.
His household mentioned Whelan had been in Moscow for a pal’s wedding ceremony.
Throughout an earlier listening to, he made a direct attraction to US President Donald Trump.
“Mr President — we can’t maintain America nice except we aggressively shield and defend residents wherever they’re on the earth,” he mentioned.
Whelan is amongst high-profile detainees mooted for a possible prisoner swap with america.