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Russia: Trial Of Accused U.S. Spy Ends

Moscow, 29 November 2000 (RFE/RL) - The five-week-long closed-door trial against suspected U.S. spy Edmond Pope resumed today in Moscow, with the prosecutor summing up the case against him. News agencies say prosecutor Yuri Volgin ended his statement by asking for a 20-year prison term. Pope, a former U.S. naval officer, is accused of gathering secret information on a Russian underwater torpedo. He denies the accusations. On Monday, the court accepted evidence which Pope's lawyer says exonerates his client.

Pope was arrested in April and has since been held in Moscow's Lefortovo prison. Russian authorities have repeatedly rejected demands that Pope, who suffers from a rare form of bone cancer, be released from detention on health grounds.