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US citizen, Paul Whelan sentenced to 16 years imprisonment

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Under the conviction of espionage, former US marine Paul Whelan has been sentenced to 16 years of imprisonment by a Russian court today. The case was pending for many months and it had also contributed to putting more stress on US-Russia relations. 

In December 2018, Paul Whelan was detained under the allegations of having any involvement in an intelligence output or operation by the Russian government. In many previous hearings, It was claimed by his lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov that Paul was handed over a “flash drive” that contained secrets of state when Paul went to visit his friends or relatives in Russia, describing it as a personal visit. 

While Paul’s family also claims that he went to attend a family wedding in Moscow and was arrested out of false charges, Whelan denies admitting that he had committed the crime of espionage and reiterates that even proper medical treatment wasn’t being given to him at the time of his detention. 

On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Paul wasn’t caught after the incident, instead, he was caught red-handedly. Paul has been in Lefortovo prison since the trial commenced to happen behind closed doors. 

Expressing his distress about the whole detention, Paul took up a signboard in court which read phrases with “Sham trial, “No human rights,” and “Paul’s life matters” before the verdict was announced. 

Paul was then seen lashing out at leaders of Ireland and US President Donald Trump, the UK, and Canada in respect of the ongoing trial with him. Paul asked the countries’ head to put an end to the political charade by stating, “This is slimy, greasy, grubby Russian politics. Nothing more. Nothing less.” 

Whelan is an Irish, British, and Canadian citizen.

A coder by profession, Patricia has always had a keen interest towards the technology world. At present she is a writer for USA Reformer and covers all the latest advancements in the world of technology.

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