Russian courts deny bail for U.S. citizen detained since December

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UPDATED 7:10 AM PT — Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who was arrested in Moscow at the end of last year looks through a cage’s glass in a court room in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

A Russian court has denied bail for a U.S. Marine veteran, who has been held by Moscow over suspicions of spying.

Paul Whelan appeared in court Tuesday, after an appeal was filed by his legal team for his release. His attorney’s called the detention “unwarranted” and “excessive.”

Earlier in the day, Whelan’s state-appointed lawyer told media outlets the 48-year-old was caught with sensitive information at the time of his arrest.

He said the so-called “state secrets” were included on a thumb drive Whelan was given by an unknown source he thought contained photographs of his vacation.

The lawyer made clear this is not an admission of guilt, and Whelan is continuing to deny any wrongdoing.

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