Biden faces calls to secure release of US man in Afghanistan
The Biden administration must determine how to handle that commitment. Frerichs' supporters are concerned that a drawdown of military personnel from Afghanistan leaves the U.S. without the leverage it needs to demand his release. AdThe State Department is offering $5 million for information leading to Frerichs' return. We will not stop working until we secure his safe return home,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. “You don’t leave Americans behind, and I just really want to make sure that he’s home safe.”AdBlinken told reporters Wednesday that the Biden administration wanted to take a detailed look at that deal, saying.
Parents of US man held in Moscow demand fair trial for son
This image provided by Joey Reed, shows Trevor Reed and his mom Paula Reed in 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The parents of Trevor Reed spoke Monday to The Associated Press as a Russian court sentenced another American man to more than a decade in prison in an unrelated espionage case. They spoke out as a Russian court sentenced another American to more than a decade in prison in an unrelated espionage case. But instead of taking him for medical care, as the family says is standard protocol in Moscow, officers drove him to the police station. We would hope that Russian law is followed and due process is used in my sons case, Joey Reed said.
Texas parents of former US Marine held in Moscow demand fair trial for son
WASHINGTON The parents of a former U.S. Marine who has been jailed for nearly a year in Moscow on charges that he endangered police officers are urging the court system and government to ensure a fair trial for their son. At the time of his arrest, Trevor Reed was in Moscow visiting his girlfriend and studying the Russian language. But instead of taking him for medical care, as the family says is standard protocol in Moscow, officers drove him to the police station. Inside the car, police say, Reed grabbed the arm of the driver and struck an officer with his elbow. We would hope that Russian law is followed and due process is used in my sons case, Joey Reed said.
Former US marine convicted of espionage is sentenced to 16 years in prison by Russian court
Former US marine Paul Whelan was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in prison, a Moscow court ruled Monday, concluding a months-long case that put additional strain to already complicated US-Russian relations. He has been in Lefortovo prison in Moscow since and the trial was held behind closed doors. Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer dubbed the "Merchant of Death" who was sentenced to 25 years in US federal prison in 2012, has also been mentioned. "The treatment of Paul Whelan at the hands of Russian authorities has been appalling," Pompeo said. We had hoped that the court might show some independence but, in the end, Russian judges are political, not legal, entities.
Russia court rejects ex-U.S. Marine's appeal for release ahead of espionage trial
Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan speaks from inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, June 20, 2019. REUTERSMoscow A Russian court has upheld an earlier ruling allowing the extended detention of a former U.S. Marine jailed in Moscow on espionage charges. Moscow's appellate court rejected Paul Whelan's appeal Tuesday against the ruling last year that granted Russian authorities permission to keep him in custody until March 29, pending a trial. Paul Whelan, American accused of spying in Russia, to remain in prisonDays after he arrived in Russia, new U.S. Whelan's Russian lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov said he and his team were almost done going over the case files with their client, all of which remain classified.cbsnews.com
U.S. says accused American spy's health deteriorating in Russia jail
Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage, speaks inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing to consider an appeal to extend his detention in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2019. REUTERSMoscow -- The U.S. Embassy in Moscow says the condition of an American man held on spying charges in Russia has worsened. The Embassy said on Twitter Monday that Russian authorities had rejected a request to send a doctor to examine Paul Whelan. U.S. intelligence sources say American jailed in Russia not a spyU.S. intelligence and State Department sources have told CBS News they're confident Whelan is not a spy. At the hearing in May during which his detention was extended, Whelan complained to reporters of alleged abuse in custody.cbsnews.com