American Paul Whelan apprehended for espionage spoke about threats by FSB captain
The American was trying to ask for recusal of a representative of the security services.
A hearing at Lefortovsky court of Moscow saw US citizen Paul Whelan, arrested for spying, arguing that FSB captain Alexey Khizhnyak, who was leading his case, threatened him.
“I request that FSB captain, investigator Alexey Khizhnyak, be recused - he insults my dignity and threatens my life,” - TASS cites Whelan as saying.
In response, the judge stated that the removal could be submitted only in relation to a judge or prosecutor, but not an investigator.
The FSB reported on the detention of the American in Moscow on December 31, 2018. The intelligence service did not disclose the details, stating only that Whelan was charged with espionage. The prisoner’s brother, in turn, told CNN that Paul had come to Moscow for the wedding of his friends.