The defense of Paul Whelan appeals the verdict. The man’s guilt is “absolutely not proven,” said the US ambassador.
Moscow City Court on Monday, June 15, sentenced US citizen Paul Whelan in espionage case
“The court decided to punish Whelan with 16 years of imprisonment in a penal colony,” the sentence says.
The American defense side will appeal against his sentence. “We will file a complaint,” said Olga Karlova, a lawyer.
During the debate of the parties, the state prosecutor requested that Whelan be sentenced to 18 years in prison.
US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan said he was deeply disappointed with the court decision.
“I am deeply disappointed. The American citizen was sentenced to 16 years … for a crime in which the guilt was absolutely not proven,” he said.
He promised that he would continue to seek the release of the convict.
Recall, last week in the annexed Crimea, the so-called “Sevastopol City Court” sentenced a native of the city to 10 years of strict regime on charges of espionage.