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Moscow court rejects appeal by Trevor Reed, American ex-Marine held 'hostage'
29-06-2021, 06:37 AM
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Moscow court rejects appeal by Trevor Reed, American ex-Marine held 'hostage'
Moscow court rejects appeal by Trevor Reed, American ex-Marine held 'hostage' by Russia

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Trevor Reed is one of two ex-Marines the U.S. is seeking to free from Russia.

A Moscow court has rejected an appeal from one of two former Marines who U.S. officials believe Russia is holding hostage and whose cases have become the focus of a potential prisoner swap between the two countries.

Trevor Reed and another ex-Marine, Paul Whelan, have spent about two years in detention in Russia on separate charges U.S. officials say were fabricated to seize them as bargaining chips.

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Americans’ cases during their summit in Switzerland this month, after which the Kremlin signaled it might be prepared to discuss a deal for their release.

Reed, 29, had appealed a nine-year prison sentence that he received last July in a trial denounced by the U.S.

Moscow’s City Court on Monday rejected that appeal, leaving the sentence unchanged. The ruling potentially means that Reed, who is being held in a pre-trial detention center in Moscow, could now be moved to a prison camp away from the capital. สล็อต เติม true wallet

The ruling was expected by Reed’s representatives and his lawyers said they would now appeal it at a higher court in Russia and, if necessary, take it to the country’s supreme court and the European Court of Human Rights.

In a video released by the court, Reed could be heard saying “no surprises here” as he was led out of a glass cage in handcuffs.

The court did not allow journalists to enter the courtroom, citing coronavirus restrictions.

Reed, whose family lives in Texas, fell into the hands of Russian police following a drunken party in Moscow in August 2019, when he was visiting his girlfriend in the city and studying Russian. Reed was initially taken to a police station to sober up but after he was questioned by agents from Russia’s FSB intelligence service, police abruptly brought charges of assaulting an officer against him, according to his family.

Russia has repeatedly floated the idea of trading Reed and Whelan for Russian citizens jailed in the U.S. Whelan was arrested by FSB agents in late December 2018 and then sentenced to 16 years in prison on spying charges that his family and U.S. officials say are also fabricated.

The Biden administration has said freeing the two men is a top priority and the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan, attended Monday’s hearing.

“Another absurd miscarriage of justice in Russia the world watches,” Sullivan said in a statement after the hearing. “We will not cease to advocate for Trevor and for US citizens denied an open and fair judicial process, a universal human right.”

In his closing statement that he read to the court, Reed accused his trial judge of ignoring "all evidence," including video from a police car interior that he said showed the officers who testified in court had lied.
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