Apr 12, 2022 - World

Former Marine Trevor Reed's appeal for release sent to lower Russian court

Former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed in a defendants' cage in a Moscow court in July 2020.
Former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed in a defendants' cage in a Moscow court in July 2020. Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed's appeal for release from a Russian prison was remanded to a lower court on Tuesday, effectively leaving the appeal unanswered, according to CNN.

Why it matters: Reed has been detained in Russia since 2019 and was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Moscow court in 2020 after being charged with assaulting two police officers. His family, the Biden administration and other advocates say the charge is false and politically motivated and that Reed is essentially being held hostage.

What they're saying: U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan, who attended the court proceedings Tuesday, said he was "very disappointed that justice has again been denied," according to CNN.

  • "Unfortunately, the justice that Trevor deserves has been denied," Sullivan said. "His appeal was not decided today, the proceedings continue, and Trevor remains in prison for a crime he didn't commit."

The big picture: Reed is one of three Americans being held in Russian prisons.

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