Russian prosecutors want 18 years for US 'spy'

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 May 2020

Russian prosecutors yesterday demanded 18 years in prison for a former US marine facing espionage charges, his lawyer said, as the high-profile trial drew to a close.

Paul Whelan had said in court that "he did not do any spying and was not collecting any secret information," his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov said.

The sentence would be delivered on June 15.

Whelan, 50, who also holds Irish, Canadian and British citizenship, was detained in Moscow in December 2018 for allegedly receiving state secrets.

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