Russian Court Rules to Keep Suspected U.S. Spy Whelan in Custody

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
Former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who was detained by Russia’s FSB security service on suspicion of spying, listens to a lawyer while standing in a defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

A court in Moscow ruled on Tuesday that former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Russia on spying charges, can remain in custody, the Interfax news agency said.

Whelan, who was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service on Dec. 28 and whose family says he is innocent, had been appealing for release on bail.