Moscow Court Extends Arrest for American Charged With Spying

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has ruled to keep an American man suspected of spying in prison for two more months.

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who was arrested in Moscow at the end of last year, attends a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

The court ruled on Friday to keep Paul Whelan behind bars at least until late October. Whelan, who is reportedly kept in cramped conditions at a Moscow detention facility, felt unwell, and the court called an ambulance. Paramedics, however, said he doesn’t require hospitalization. The U.S. Embassy last month said Whelan’s condition has worsened.

Whelan, who also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, was arrested in a hotel room in Moscow in December last year and charged with espionage, which carries up to 20 years in prison. He has publicly complained of poor prison conditions and has said his life is in danger.

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