Paul Whelan’s family responds to statement against arbitrary detention


Canada on Monday released a Declaration against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations.

The statement aims to raise awareness and stop the practice of arbitrary detention. Arbitrary detention is when someone is arrested or detained but there is no probability or evidence that they have committed a crime, or there has been no proper due process of law.

The brother of a Michigan man convicted of espionage in Russia released a statement saying the statement was “good news.”

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Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia when he was attending a wedding in December 2018. Russian security agents claimed that he had in his possession a Zip device with Russian agent information.

Whelan remains in detention in Mordovia, approximately 250 miles southeast of Moscow.

READ: Michigan family expect Paul Whelan to remain behind bars in Russia for at least another year

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