Paul Whelan: Former Us Marine Sentenced To 16 Years Hard Labour Over Espionage Charges By Russian Court
Officials in Moscow claim Whelan, 50, was caught "red-handed" with a computer memory stick containing a list of Russian agents.
A Russian court has sentenced former US Marine Paul Whelan to 16 years hard labour after he was found guilty of spying charges.
Police said they caught him "red-handed" with a computer memory stick containing a list of secret Russian agents.
The 50-year-old pleaded not guilty, claiming he was set up by a sting operation and that he had been given the USB drive by someone else, thinking it only contained holiday photos.
But today at Moscow City Court, he was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in a maximum security prison.
His brother David vowed to appeal the verdict, asking the US government to "immediately take steps to bring him home".
Image:Vladimir Zherebenkov, Paul Whelan's lawyer is pictured outside Moscow City Court today
He said in a statement: "The court's decision merely completes the final piece of this broken judicial process.