October 24, 2019 / 8:35 AM / 10 months ago

Russian court extends detention of ex-U.S. marine Whelan to end-Dec. : Ifax

Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage, is escorted inside a court building in Moscow, Russia October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court ordered former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan remain in jail until Dec. 29 on espionage charges, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in December and accused of spying. Moscow says he was caught red-handed but he denies the allegations and says he was set up in a politically motivated sting.

Reporting by Maria Grabar; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova and Jon Boyle

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