Trevor Reed: Ex-US Marine jailed in Russian Federation for assaulting police

Reed has been held in a Moscow prison in pre-trial detention since August 2019

He appeared wearing a facemask in a cage for defendants in a courtroom in the Russian capital as the judge read out the guilty verdict, saying the police officers had suffered "mental and physical harm".

Reed has been jailed in Russian Federation since his arrest, according to published reports.

Still, Sullivan said the case was "not a good story for US-Russia relations", while dismissing the evidence presented by the prosecutors as "flimsy and preposterous" and denouncing the whole process as a "theater of absurd". "I will be asking my government for political support", he added.

"This is completely a political case", Mr.

Russian prosecutors on Wednesday asked for a sentence of almost 10 years in a penal colony for a former USA marine accused of attacking police officers.

According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which spoke to Reed's father who has attended every day of the trial, the evidence against him is deeply flawed. Supporters of his cause have likened it to Russia's recent prosecution of another former Marine, Paul Whelan. A Russian court on June 15 convicted U.S. Marine Paul Whelan of espionage and sentenced him to 16 years in prison. "If this case had been brought in a US court, not only would it have been thrown out, but the prosecutors would be investigated for bringing it forward in the first place".

Prosecutors in Reed's case presented little forensic evidence, and the testimony of police officers was inconsistent.

"We followed the auto and it was driving pretty slow, it wasn't swerving", Tsybulnik said.

Reed's family called the verdict "completely unfair", branding the court "corrupt". He had traveled to Moscow in early 2019 to visit his Russian girlfriend and take lessons in her native language, the site says.

After the party, Tsybulnik's friends offered to drive the couple home, but during the trip, Reed grew increasingly agitated.

Along the way Reed became nauseous and tried to get out of the auto, prompting the driver to pull over.

Anxious for his safety, his girlfriend and others called police, she said.

"He doesn't remember last night drinking vodka and he was asked to toast many times", said the statement released by Reed's family. At the police station, Tsybulnik was advised to return the next morning to pick up Reed.

Police told the state RIA-Novosti news agency that Reed was involved in an altercation with two women and a police unit who arrived at the scene after reports of riots and took him to a police station. The officer denied the bribery allegation.

Sullivan said that the evidence against Reed strained credulity.

Reed was charged with endangering the lives of the police officers. That, they said, caused the vehicle to swerve dangerously.

During closing arguments on Wednesday, Reed said he would not admit guilt to a crime he didn't commit.

Ambassador John Sullivan told NBC News that Americans detained in Russian Federation receiving unfair treatment from the judicial system is becoming a more frequent problem - a stark warning for Americans considering visiting or doing business in Russian Federation.

"I have not been making public statements the way I have about other cases just because I was in effect giving the Russian judicial system an opportunity to do justice by Reed", he said.



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