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Ambulance called in during court hearing for ex U.S. marine Whelan

The court called an ambulance to the ex U.S. marine accused of espionage Paul Whelan on Friday (August 23) during the hearing considering the extension of his arrest.

During the trial Whelan complained about his health which became a reason for the emergency call, according to statement of the court’s press secretary cited by the RIO news agency.

Afterwards ambulance did not hospitalize Paul Whelan saying he does not need medical help.

Being escorted to the court room, Whelan addressed the journalists and called what was happening “a dog and pony show for the media”.

A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying said on Friday (August 23) that prison authorities in Moscow have hurt him, Interfax news agency reported.

Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28 and accused of espionage.

He had been given a flash drive that his lawyer said Whelan thought contained holiday photos, but that actually held classified information.

(Production: Aleksander Reshetnikov, Maria Vasilyeva)

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