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Russia extends investigation into ex-U.S. marine held for spying - Ifax

Russia extends investigation into 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 Copyright Maxim Shemetov(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has extended by three months its investigation into former U.S. marine Paul Whelan who is being held on suspicion of spying, Interfax news agency cited Whelan's lawyer as saying on Friday.

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. A court in Moscow had previously ordered he be detained until Feb. 28.

"The investigation has been extended until May 28," Whelan's lawyer was quoted as saying.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Gareth Jones)

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