| 23 May 2024, Thursday |

Russian Court upholds nine-year sentence for U.S. ex-Marine Reed

Trevor Reed, a Former US Marine who was convicted last year of endangering the lives of two police officers in August 2019, was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian appeals court on Monday.

U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan, who left Moscow in April amid a diplomatic crisis, said he was disappointed by the court’s decision.

“Today marks another sad milestone as TrevorReed’s appeal was denied,” Sullivan said, in comments shared on Twitter by the embassy’s spokesperson.

“(It is) another absurd miscarriage of justice in Russia as the world watches,” Sullivan said.

Reed’s defense team plan to lodge a further appeal, the RIA news agency cited Reed’s lawyer as saying.

President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden discussed the topic of prisoner swaps at talks in Geneva this month.

  • Reuters