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Russia looks to extend detention of ex U.S. marine held for spying - Ifax

Russia looks to extend detention of ex U.S. marine held for spying - Ifax
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who was detained by Russia's FSB security service on suspicion of spying, attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo -
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's FSB security service has asked a Moscow court to extend the detention of former U.S. marine Paul Whelan who is being held on suspicion of spying, the Interfax news agency cited a court spokeswoman as saying on Wednesday.

Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28. He denies the charges against him.

The court ruled in late December that Whelan should be held in custody until Feb. 28, the agency reported. The FBS wants to extend this to May 28.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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