Monday, September 26

The Polish Justice extends the detention of the Spanish journalist Pablo González, accused of spying for Russia

The regional court of Przemyśl, in the southeast of Poland, has decided to extend for another three months the detention in preventive detention of the Spanish journalist Pablo González, arrested on February 28. The journalist was accused of spying for Russia in the war with Ukraine.

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González’s lawyer in Poland, Bartosz Rogała, has confirmed that the court has decided to “extend” his detention by agreeing with the Prosecutor’s Office in most of the premises to keep the Spanish journalist in prison. The Prosecutor’s Office had justified keeping him locked up by “a well-founded concern about procedural fraud, fear of concealment or escape and the fact that González is at risk of a high sentence if he is convicted.”

Pablo González, a journalist who in recent years has worked for various media outlets covering armed conflicts such as the one in Ukraine, was arrested in Poland in late February after also being warned by the Ukrainian authorities in kyiv. The Polish intelligence agency issued a statement accusing González, the son of Russian parents living in the Basque Country and whose maternal grandfather is Spanish, of spying for the Kremlin using his profession as a journalist to move freely through conflict zones. At the moment he has not made public the evidence that supports that accusation.

González was arrested in Rzeszów, a city in southeastern Poland located about 100 kilometers from the border with Ukraine. But that had not been his first run-in with the authorities: as he himself recounted on his Twitter account, just 20 days earlier he had been arrested and released in kyiv when he was heading to the east of the country to cover the incipient conflict. . As explained by several media outlets for which he works, he was left out of the conflict zone for not having managed the military accreditation and was interrogated under the accusation of “pro-Russian”. The Ukrainian authorities gave him three days to leave the country.

The Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW in its Polish acronym) issued this statement in which he stated that González is an agent of the military intelligence service of the Russian armed forces (GRU), who spied for Russia “using his journalistic status” to move freely through conflict zones and that, in addition, they obtained “extensive evidence” about this alleged espionage.