‘Welcome news’: Paul Whelan’s family responds to declaration against arbitrary detention
Paul Whelan, a former US Marine accused of spying in Russia, appears in the dock at a court in Moscow (AP)Canada launched a Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations on Monday. The declaration aims to raise awareness and stop the practice of arbitrary detention. Arbitrary detention is when someone is arrested or detained but there is no likelihood or evidence that they committed a crime -- or there hasn’t been a proper due process of law. Canada launched the declaration with an aim ‘to raise awareness and stop the practice of arbitrary detention,’ among others. David WhelanREAD: Michigan family expects Paul Whelan to remain behind bars in Russia for at least another year
Appeal hearing postponed for American imprisoned in Russia
This image provided by Joey Reed, shows Trevor Reed and his mom Paula Reed in 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The parents of Trevor Reed spoke Monday to The Associated Press as a Russian court sentenced another American man to more than a decade in prison in an unrelated espionage case. (Joey Reed via AP)MOSCOW – A Moscow court on Wednesday postponed hearing the appeal of an American sentenced to nine years in prison for assaulting police officers, and ordered that he undergo a psychological examination. Reed, an ex-Marine from Texas, is one of three Americans imprisoned or charged in Russia under controversial circumstances. Read more: Michigan family hopeful Biden can help free Paul Whelan from Russian prison
Nightside Report Feb. 3, 2021: Extending Michigan’s school year? It could happen, teacher representatives say; Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine appears to reduce coronavirus spread
It could happen, teacher representatives sayDETROIT – The battle to provide education for all during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to become more and more complicated. State superintendent Dr. Michael Rice called on the state Legislature to extend the school year Tuesday for students to make up for the lost time. Students need a break.”Click here to read more. 4 Fast FactsBe InformedOxford-AstraZeneca vaccine appears to reduce coronavirus spreadResults from the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial show that the vaccine may actually help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to effectively preventing infection. Recent findings from the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial imply that the vaccine might be effective at reducing coronavirus transmission.
Michigan family hopeful Biden can help free Paul Whelan from Russian prison
DETROIT – The family of a Michigan man convicted of espionage in Russia met with officials with President Joe Biden’s administration. The family said they’re optimistic about Paul Whelan’s release. Whelan is looking at spending the next 14 years in a Russian prison, but his family is holding out hope that the new administration can get him home. Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia when he went to attend a wedding in December 2018. “While Paul has been in prison, there really wasn’t any sort of dialogue, as far as we can tell, between the Russian Federation and the U.S.,” David Whelan said.
Biden faces calls to secure release of US man in Afghanistan
The Biden administration must determine how to handle that commitment. Frerichs' supporters are concerned that a drawdown of military personnel from Afghanistan leaves the U.S. without the leverage it needs to demand his release. AdThe State Department is offering $5 million for information leading to Frerichs' return. We will not stop working until we secure his safe return home,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. “You don’t leave Americans behind, and I just really want to make sure that he’s home safe.”AdBlinken told reporters Wednesday that the Biden administration wanted to take a detailed look at that deal, saying.
US Embassy in Moscow: No info on Paul Whelans whereabouts
MOSCOW The US Embassy in Moscow said Tuesday it had no information on the whereabouts of an American convicted in June of espionage, despite reports that he is being transferred to a prison colony in central Russia. The Interfax news agency cited David Whelan as saying he received the information from the British Embassy. Paul Whelan holds US, British, Irish and Canadian citizenship. Whelans lawyer has said his client was handed a flash drive that had classified information on it that he didnt know about. Read more: Michigan man Paul Whelan sentenced to 16 years in prison on spying charges in Russia
Parents of US man held in Moscow demand fair trial for son
This image provided by Joey Reed, shows Trevor Reed and his mom Paula Reed in 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The parents of Trevor Reed spoke Monday to The Associated Press as a Russian court sentenced another American man to more than a decade in prison in an unrelated espionage case. They spoke out as a Russian court sentenced another American to more than a decade in prison in an unrelated espionage case. But instead of taking him for medical care, as the family says is standard protocol in Moscow, officers drove him to the police station. We would hope that Russian law is followed and due process is used in my sons case, Joey Reed said.
Russian judge sentences Novi man accused of being spy to 16 years in forced labor camp
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. A Russian judge sentenced a Novi man accused of being a spy to 16 years in a forced labor camp. The sentencing was expected, but thats little comfort to the family of Paul Whelan as they work to navigate the next steps toward getting him back home. The Whelan family said the one silver lining to Mondays sentencing is that the diplomats can now move in and negotiate their loved ones release. His brother, David Whelan, said this was a necessary formality. It is what it is, David Whelan said.
Novi man Paul Whelan sentenced to 16 years in prison on spying charges in Russia
A Michigan man arrested in Russia on suspicion of being a spy has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Paul Whelan, 50, was found guilty and sentenced Monday. No discussions until a conviction.Meanwhile, Paul Whelan is back in his prison cell after emergency hernia surgery two weeks ago. The Whelan family is left hoping the diplomats, who have only been able to visit him sporadically to date, will now be able to do their work quickly. Our family is hoping as soon as possible the governments will get together and figure
Michigan man accused of spying in Russia expected to be found guilty, sent to forced labor camp
DETROIT A Michigan man arrested in Russia on suspicion of being a spy is expected to be found guilty and sent to a forced labor camp. Paul Whelan, 50, is expected to be found guilty and sentenced Monday, but his family believes thats a positive development. Hes expected to be found guilty and sent to a forced labor camp. Hes looking at 18 harsh years in a forced labor camp if prosecutors get their way. David Whelan told Local 4 from Toronto via Zoom that its better to get this part of the case out of the way.
Michigan man being detained in Russia undergoes emergency surgery, family says
The family of a Michigan man being detained in Russia on suspicion of being a spy said he has undergone emergency hernia surgery. He took a turn for the worse and was transferred Friday for emergency surgery, his family said. We learned early this morning from the U.S. Embassy that Pauls health had taken a turn for the worse. The prison transferred him to Sklifosovsky hospital where doctors performed an emergency hernia surgery. We continue to be concerned for Pauls health, particularly now that, as he recuperates, he may be more susceptible to other illnesses or infections.
Watch Local 4 News at Noon -- May 29, 2020
Heres whats coming up on Local 4 News at Noon:Michigan man being detained in Russia undergoes emergency surgery, family saysPaul Whelan was arrested by police in Russia more than a year ago. He was charged with espionage and has gone through a trial but has not seen verdict. A verdict is reportedly expected in June.
Russia court rejects ex-U.S. Marine's appeal for release ahead of espionage trial
Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan speaks from inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, June 20, 2019. REUTERSMoscow A Russian court has upheld an earlier ruling allowing the extended detention of a former U.S. Marine jailed in Moscow on espionage charges. Moscow's appellate court rejected Paul Whelan's appeal Tuesday against the ruling last year that granted Russian authorities permission to keep him in custody until March 29, pending a trial. Paul Whelan, American accused of spying in Russia, to remain in prisonDays after he arrived in Russia, new U.S. Whelan's Russian lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov said he and his team were almost done going over the case files with their client, all of which remain classified.cbsnews.com
Moscow court orders Paul Whelan to remain in prison through Dec. 29
Former US Marine and Novi resident, Paul Whelan was ordered to remain behind bars through Dec. 29 by a Moscow Court. READ MORE: Members of Congress demand Russia releases Novi man, Paul WhelanAt his hearing, Whelan read a handwritten note saying his life is being threatened, and he's being denied medical care. Whelan was arrested in Moscow last December on the suspicion of being a spy. Whelan denies all allegations. MORE: Family of Paul Whelan receives letters he sent them two months ago, brother saysCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Moscow court orders Paul Whelan to remain in prison through Dec. 29
Former US Marine and Novi resident, Paul Whelan was ordered to remain behind bars through Dec. 29 by a Moscow Court. READ MORE: Members of Congress demand Russia releases Novi man, Paul WhelanAt his hearing, Whelan read a handwritten note saying his life is being threatened, and he's being denied medical care. Whelan was arrested in Moscow last December on the suspicion of being a spy. Whelan denies all allegations. MORE: Family of Paul Whelan receives letters he sent them two months ago, brother says
Walberg co-sponsors resolution to free Michigan man
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, co-sponsored a resolution that was unanimously passed Tuesday calling on the Russian government to release Michigan native Paul Whelan, who has been detained for 10 months without evidence presented. For approaching a year, Paul Whelan has been unjustly detained by the Russian government without due process and with little regard for his health and well-being, Walberg said. Today, Congress spoke with one voice that it is past time to bring Paul home to Michigan. We have repeatedly asked the Russian government to give Paul Whelan a fair and transparent judicial process to no avail, Stevens said. If Russia cannot produce any evidence after keeping an American citizen detained for almost a year, they must release him immediately.monroenews.com
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
Woman recovering after friend's drug-fueled, face-biting attack, officials sayA Rochester Hills woman is recovering Tuesday after a horrifying, drug-fueled attack inside her apartment, police said. The woman was partying with a friend when her friend started biting her face and ears, according to authorities. Rochester Hills woman recovering after friend's drug-fueled, face-biting attack, officials sayWATCH Local 4 News at 114 fast factsHealth officials say Michigan is experiencing the worst EEE outbreak in more than a decade. LEARN MORESexual assaultAnn Arbor police said a man sexually assaulted a child in a middle school during a parent meeting Sept. 9. Tweets by Local4NewsCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
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Detroit Youth ChoirTonight is the big night for the Detroit Youth Choir as they perform in the finals of "America's Got Talent." Ann Arbor assaultAnn Arbor police said a man sexually assaulted a child inside an Ann Arbor middle school. Paul Whelan courtMetro Detroit resident Paul Whelan, who has been jailed in Moscow charged with spying, has been told he must remain in custody. Visiting homeA woman took an unforgettable walk down memory lane when she visited her home from the 1920s. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Members of Congress demand Russia releases Novi man, Paul Whelan
NOVI, Mich. - Members of Congress demanded Russia release Paul Whelan, the Novi resident accused of being a spy. Thursday morning, Congress joined Whelan's sister to speak out after new concerns about Whelan's health have come out. RELATED: Brother says Paul Whelan abused by guard, moved to dirtier cell in Russian prisonIt's what the Whelan family has worked hard for -- the public condemnation for Russia coming from Congress. Sen. Gary Peters is sponsoring a nonbinding resolution calling for Paul Whelan's release. The unifying call is to have the Russian government at least say what evidence it has against Whelan.
Brother says Paul Whelan abused by guard, moved to dirtier cell in Russian prison
NOVI, Mich. - Paul Whelan, a Novi man who has been in a Russian prison for eight months on accusations of being a spy, has been abused by at least one guard and moved to a dirtier cell, according to his brother. His brother, David Whelan, said his brother will likely spend at least four more months in prison. During a gap between a U.S. consular visit Aug. 1 and a Canadian consular visit Aug. 22, Paul Whelan was injured, according to his brother. Paul Whelan said prison officials are retaliating against him after he made human rights complaints about his treatment inside Lefortovo. Paul Whelan and his cellmate were also moved to a dirtier cell that was in disrepair, his brother said.
Novi man held in Russia, accused of spying, has detention extended
There is a continuing legal battle involving a Novi man who is being held in Russia, accused of being a spy. Paul Whelan was arrested in Moscow and jailed in Russia on charges of espionage in late December. Whelan was recorded in a hallway and made it clear he's not happy with his treatment in Russia. He told a judge he has a hernia and that he's been beaten by his jail guards. Russian secret police said Whelan had a flash drive with a list of Russian spies in his possession.
Family of Novi man held in Russia optimistic about possible prisoner swap
MOSCOW - A Novi man accused of spying in Russia has been held in Russian custody for six months and there's renewed talk that he could be used in a prisoner exchange. Paul Whelan was arrested in December. Russia's deputy foreign minister is on record proposing a swap that would give unnamed American prisoners their release in return for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot convicted of drug smuggling. READ: Russian official suggests swapping Russian pilot for Novi man accused of spying"My personal safety has been threatened. I can't have dental treatment," Paul Whelan said.
U.S. says accused American spy's health deteriorating in Russia jail
Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage, speaks inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing to consider an appeal to extend his detention in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2019. REUTERSMoscow -- The U.S. Embassy in Moscow says the condition of an American man held on spying charges in Russia has worsened. The Embassy said on Twitter Monday that Russian authorities had rejected a request to send a doctor to examine Paul Whelan. U.S. intelligence sources say American jailed in Russia not a spyU.S. intelligence and State Department sources have told CBS News they're confident Whelan is not a spy. At the hearing in May during which his detention was extended, Whelan complained to reporters of alleged abuse in custody.cbsnews.com
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Monday, July 1, 2019
View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on July 1, 2019 at 8:43 p.m. (WDIV)Man in viral video on Lodge Freeway arrestedDetroit police Chief James Craig announced a man from Canton who appeared in a viral video has been arrested. The video, which went viral quickly on social media showed illegal stunt driving on the Lodge Freeway. READ MOREDetroit Charter CommissionFor the second time since April things got out of control at a Detroit Charter Commission meeting. The First Assembly of God received a water and sewer bill for about $17,000 after about 16,000 gallons of water were apparently used. Tweets by Local4NewsCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Russian official suggests swapping Russian pilot for Novi man accused of spying
NOVI, Mich. - Russia is floating the idea of a prisoner swap involving a Novi resident accused of spying and a Russian pilot being held by the United States. Paul Whelan has been in a Russian prison since December on accusations of espionage, a charge he and his family call ludicrous. The deputy Russian foreign minister is suggesting the U.S. release a Russian pilot it's holding in return for Whelan's release. Russia's deputy foreign minister is on record proposing a swap that would give unnamed American prisoners their release in return for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot convicted of drug smuggling. Whelan has yet to be convicted in Russia, but the country's Foreign Ministry is urging a deal before his trial.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Friday, June 28, 2019
Tarek Bazzi is accused of purchasing more than $3.5 million worth of items with stolen gift cards between March 2014 and February 2016, court records show. Owner of 7 Metro Detroit gas stations resells $3.5M in Sam's Club products bought with stolen cardsWATCH Local 4 News at 114 fast factsLarge hail and severe thunderstorms are possible Friday evening. READ MOREPaul WhelanIt's been six months since Novi native Paul Whelan was arrested in Moscow and jailed in Russia on charges of espionage. His family, U.S. Embassy leaders and others have made attempts to understand what Whelan is accused of doing but so far, they said, no evidence exists. Tweets by Local4NewsCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Novi resident accused of being spy in Russia pleads for help from President Trump
NOVI, Mich. - It's been six months since Novi native Paul Whelan was arrested in Moscow and jailed in Russia on charges of espionage. Whelan's brother told Local 4 over video chat that some consular and embassy leaders are working on Whelan's behalf. In the meantime, Paul Whelan's next court date has been pushed to August. He was asked if there's a chance Paul Whelan is guilty of the accusations. If convicted, Paul Whelan could spend 10 to 20 years in prison.
Watch Local 4 News at 5 -- June 28, 2019
DETROIT - Here's what is coming up on Local 4 News at 5:Home invasionA father told police his 12-year-old son was sexually assaulted during a home invasion. Homicide Ann ArborThe man convicted of killing a retired University of Michigan professor learned his sentenced in court. Community meetingWhen Flint water prosecutors dropped all criminal charges int he case it did not go over well with residents. Paul WhelanIt's been six months since Novi native Paul Whelan was arrested in Moscow on cahrges of espionage. Free pepper sprayTwo female bartenders in Hamtramck have come up with an interesting way to help keep women safe.