Paul Whelan alleges abuse in Russian jail

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Published on October 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:16s

Paul Whelan alleges abuse in Russian jail

Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who has been detained in Moscow on espionage charges since December, has complained of human rights violations in jail.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Paul Whelan alleges abuse in Russian jail

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. MARINE, PAUL WHELAN, (READING LETTER IN DEFENDANT'S CAGE) SAYING: ''Russia says it caught James Bond on a spy mission, in reality, they abducted Mr Bean on holiday.

My human rights are being violated.'' Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who has been detained in Moscow on espionage charges since December, has complained of human rights violations in jail.

Speaking from a defendant's cage on Thursday (October 24), Whelan said a prison guard had forced him to his knees in custody and that he had been threatened with a gun.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. CITIZEN PAUL WHELAN, SAYING: "(IN DEFENDANT'S CAGE SHOWING LETTER) Make sure you get this.

(OVER LETTER) The important part today is human rights violation in the prison.

The fact that the Moscow prosecutor refuses, absolutely refuses to talk to me about human rights violations that are occurring in the prison (COURT OFFICIAL HEADS SAYING: ALL OUT) I'm the victim of an assault by a prison agent, and that's something that you need to cover.

If the Moscow prosecutor is a coward and he refuses to talk to me, maybe he will talk to you." On Thursday, a Moscow court ordered the former marine to remain in jail until Dec.

29 - according to the Interfax news agency.

Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, has always denied the espionage allegations and says he was set up in a politically motivated sting.

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