Russian Court Jails US Citizen For Kicking Police Officer
Moscow, Oct 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Oct, 2022 ) :A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a US citizen to four years and six months behind bars for allegedly kicking a law enforcement officer, the latest American detained in the country.
"This man, who disagreed with lawful actions taken by the authorities, used violence against a police officer who was on duty, kicking him several times," Russia's investigative committee which probes major crimes said in a statement.
Gilman intends to appeal against the decision and seek a reduced sentence because he apologised to the victim, his lawyer, Valery Ivannikov, told the RIA Novosti news agency.
Gilman was quoted as admitting responsibility but alleging that he was politically targeted.
The investigative committee said Gilman was detained by police after disrupting public order while intoxicated on a train. It said he had initially pleaded not guilty but subsequently reversed the decision.
The US State Department said it was "aware" of the case but could not comment further due to privacy laws.
In April, Russia and the United States swapped prisoners despite tensions over the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow handing over a jailed ex-Marine, Trevor Reed, in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of drug smuggling.