Ex-US Marine Paul Whelan indicted on spying charges in Russia – lawyer

Moscow, Paul Whelan, an ex-US Marine suspected of espionage in Russia, has been formally indicted. Whelan was detained on New Year’s Eve in Moscow while receiving a flash drive said to be full of Russian state secrets.

The accused will be presented with the indictment next week, Whelan’s lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov said.

The date for the beginning of court proceedings remains unclear, as the defendant will have to rely on an interpreter to read the materials of the case, and this might take some time.

The suspect denies all the charges and maintains his innocence, the lawyer said.

Source: Jordan News Agency