MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday accused a former U.S. Marine it has held for nearly a yr on spying fees of faking well being issues in custody and mendacity about his ill-treatment to fire up noise round his case.
Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was accused of espionage after brokers from Russia’s Federal Safety Service detained him in a Moscow lodge room on Dec. 28. Whelan, who’s being held in pre-trial detention, denies Moscow’s allegations and says he was arrange in a political sting.
He has alleged at court docket hearings that he’s being subjected to in poor health therapy in custody and that his complaints are systematically ignored. In October, he mentioned a jail guard had pressured him to his knees and threatened him with a gun.
In August, Whelan’s lawyer mentioned his consumer was affected by a groin hernia that jail authorities had been aggravating, prompting the U.S. embassy to demand speedy entry to Whelan.
A U.S. diplomat met him final week in jail and known as for his speedy launch. The U.S. embassy described Whelan’s therapy as “shameful,” mentioned Moscow had refused permission for an out of doors physician to look at him.
On Tuesday, the Russian Overseas Ministry mentioned Whelan’s allegations of ill-treatment had not checked out and that diplomats had been being granted common entry to him in custody.
“They (the diplomats) know completely nicely that the general public statements by the accused about sure abuses and even threats (made to his) life in pre-trial detention – are nothing greater than the protection’s provocatory line to assist artificially create noise round his individual,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
It mentioned Whelan had acquired certified medical therapy from the detention facility’s docs in addition to a particular clinic and that they’d not discovered him to have any critical ailment.
“So there isn’t any menace to Whelan’s well being, and the pretending which he’s periodically resorting to is seemingly a part of the coaching for U.S. intelligence officers,” the ministry mentioned.
The U.S. embassy and legal professionals for Whelan didn’t instantly reply to messages in search of remark. (Modifying by Peter Graff)