Russian court sentenced American Trevor Reed to 9 years in prison
Ex-Marine sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison
Reed was found guilty of assaulting police officers. During the trial, the police changed their testimony several times.
A Russian court on Thursday sentenced Trevor Reed, 29, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, to nine years in prison on charges of assaulting police officers without proper evidence..
The prosecution asked to appoint Reed a sentence of imprisonment for a term of nine years and eight months with serving the sentence in a penal colony.
In August 2019, Reed was visiting his girlfriend Lina in Moscow. On the night of August 16, they were returning from a party and the young man, being intoxicated, felt unwell and got out of the car in a busy street. His companions called the police, fearing that he would be hit by a car..
The arriving police decided to take Reed to the station. According to police, on the way, Reed grabbed the driver by the hand, which caused the car to drive into the oncoming lane. At the same time, at first there was no talk of an accusation of attacking police officers, and upon arrival at the police station, Reed was not handcuffed. When Lina arrived in the morning to pick up the young man, she was told that the FSB had been involved in the case..
During the trial, Reed’s lawyers presented convincing arguments in his defense, and the prosecution failed to prove the fact of the attack on the police. CCTV footage indicates that no emergency situation with the police car has occurred. The police changed their testimony several times, which caused the judge to laugh several times..
During one of the recent hearings, it was revealed that some of the documents in the case had fake signatures. There is also evidence that one of the police officers demanded a bribe.
Despite this, the court found Reed guilty of using violence against a government official..
“Today, US citizen Trevor Reid was convicted and sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison on the basis of such ridiculous evidence that even the judge laughed. This is just a theater of absurdity, “said US Ambassador to the Russian Federation Joe Sullivan in connection with the sentence..
In his last word, Reed said: “I think it would be unethical and immoral to admit guilt for a crime that I did not commit. If I am sentenced to prison, I’d rather stay in prison than be released as a liar and a coward. “.
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