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Russian court reject US journalist bail application

Mr Gershkovich in a bullet-proof glass. Photo: NPR.

A Russian court has rejected the bail appeal of US journalist Evan Gershkovich who was apprehended on March 29 on charges of espionage.

He appeared in court in Moscow on Tuesday the first time he had been seen in public for weeks, to appeal his pre-trial detention.

He was arrested in the city of Yekaterinburg while working for the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper.

Reports say Journalists who were allowed into the court room took picture of Mr. Gershkovich in a bullet-proof glass enclosure, wearing jeans and a blue checked shirt with folded arms.

The court rejected his legal team’s offer to free him on bail of 50 million roubles ($614,000) or put him under house arrest.

Mr. Gershkovich will stay at Moscow’s Lefortovo prison until 29 May.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu