A Moscow court Wednesday denied an American’s attraction in opposition to his nine-year prison sentence for endangering the lives of two cops, a cost the former Marine denies.
Texas native Trevor Reed was convicted in July 2020 in reference to the altercation, which occurred in August 2019 after Reed grew to become intoxicated at a celebration.
“I regret that the appellate court has not corrected this gross injustice,” US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan informed reporters following the listening to at Moscow City Court, “but it does not in any way affect the seriousness with which I and the US government will continue to pursue this matter for Trevor to get him released so that he can go home and be with his family.”
Russian authorities say Reed attacked the officers as they have been driving him to a police station to sober up after the social gathering. Reed’s supporters say the officers he was accused of assaulting modified their testimony all through the trial. They additionally recommend that Reed was drugged through the social gathering, which he attended together with his girlfriend, Alina Tsibulnik.
For her half, Tsibulnik has claimed that Reed confirmed indicators of getting been overwhelmed up after he was taken to the police station.
In an interview with NBC News earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin described Reed as a “drunk and a troublemaker” who “got himself s—faced and started a fight.”
President Biden stated June 16 that he had raised Reed’s case — in addition to that of one other former Marine, Paul Whelan — together with his Russian counterpart when the two leaders met in Geneva. Putin had opened the door to potential discussions a couple of prisoner swap with the US and stated these conversations would proceed. Biden stated he would comply with up, too.
Reed was recognized with COVID-19 in May. Earlier this month, the US Embassy protested the dearth of consular entry to him throughout his hospitalization and stated he had been repeatedly denied telephone calls to his household or embassy personnel.
“My colleagues and I were able to speak with Trevor today,” Ambassador Sullivan stated. “He is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstance. He’s a remarkable and resilient young man.”
Reed’s father told Fox News earlier this month that he believes Russian officers view his son as a “bargaining chip” as a consequence of their army service, which included stints standing guard on the presidential retreat at Camp David.
“There’s a lot of Russians here in American prisons that are not here for major crimes,” Joey Reed stated of the concept of a prisoner swap. “Do you realize how many foreign citizens are in American prisons and we’re paying literally millions of dollars to house them and keep them instead of just deporting them?”
The US is holding two prisoners whose launch Russia has sought for greater than a decade, together with arms dealer Viktor Bout. The different is Konstantin Yaroshenko, a pilot who was extradited from Liberia in 2010 and convicted the following yr of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the U.S.
“We’re hoping that they can come to some kind of agreement whether it be an early release for Trevor or a prisoner swap. We really don’t know what the options that are going to be put on the table,” Reed’s mom, Paula, informed Fox. “We don’t care how it happens. We just want him home.”
With Post wires