Polish court retains Spanish journalist in custody for further 3 months

Warsaw, May 25 (EFE).- A regional court in the Polish border city of Przemyśl ordered the preventive detention of Spanish journalist Pablo Gonzalez to be extended by three months, his lawyer told Efe.

The freelance journalist who also has Russian nationality was arrested by the Polish internal security agency (ABW) in Przemyśl on February 28 on the suspicion of being an agent for Russian military intelligence (GRU).

Gonzalez was in Przemyśl to cover the exodus of Ukrainian refugees across the border in the early days of the Russian invasion.

His lawyer Bartosz Rogała told Efe Wednesday that the reasoning behind the court’s decision to extend his arrest by three months, which doubles the original preventative custody time frame, was classified according to local proceedings.

Rogała said the decision would be appealed.

Several organizations have lambasted his arrest.

In March, the International and European Federations of Journalists called on the Polish government to release the journalist and drop the charges against him. EFE


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