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Trevor Reed, American being held in Russia has been transferred with out discover, household spokesperson says

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“On March 2nd, Trevor was taken by two urbane, English talking FSB brokers to a Court docket ordered analysis. After that examination, he was inexplicably taken to a special pre-detention heart with out consular notification and has been held non-comm since in violation of Russia’s multilateral obligations,” spokesperson Jonathan Franks mentioned.

“It’s time for the Russian authorities to inform the reality about the place Trevor Reed is now and the place he has been since March 2nd and to afford the Embassy fast, in-person and unfettered consular entry to Trevor in accordance with the Vienna Conference on Consular Relations to which the Russian Federation is a signatory,” Franks added.

Franks instructed CNN the household’s understanding is he was transferred to SIZO 2, which incorporates Lefortovo Jail in Moscow.

A State Division spokesperson instructed CNN on Friday that “Embassy Moscow is conscious of Trevor Reed’s whereabouts and has requested a cellphone name and an in-person assembly with him.”

CNN has reached out to the Russian embassy for remark.

A Russian courtroom sentenced Reed to 9 years in jail in July 2020 for endangering “life and well being” of Russian cops in an altercation. Reed, an ex-Marine, denies the costs and US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan known as the trial “theater of the absurd.”

In a Home International Affairs Committee listening to Wednesday, Secretary of State Tony Blinken mentioned he was dedicated bringing Reed house and to elevating the case along with his Russian counterparts, which he mentioned he did in his first name with Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov.

In accordance with a readout of that early February name, Blinken “reiterated President Biden’s resolve to guard Americans and act firmly in protection of U.S. pursuits in response to actions by Russia that hurt us or our allies. This contains the discharge of Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed in order that they can return house to their households in the USA.”

Whelan, one other former Marine, has been detained in Russia since December 2018 and was was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in jail in June 2020. He has denied the spying fees.

Each the Reed and Whelan households — together with the family members of different People held hostage or unlawfully detained overseas — spoke with the highest US diplomat in February.

Paula Reed, Trevor’s mom, instructed CNN on the time the decision “simply made my coronary heart sing. I felt like a complete weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt heard. I felt cared for. And it was simply, it was superior to really feel that means.”

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