A former US Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying said on Friday that prison authorities in Moscow had injured him, as a court ruled to extend his detention by two months. “I was injured in the prison … the prison does not want to tell you,” Paul Whelan told journalists from an accused’s cage in a Moscow court. Whelan arrived in the court handcuffed and escorted by two security guards wearing black masks and plain clothes. “You can see the treatment,” he said as he entered. Paul Whelan was unwittingly carrying Russian state secrets on flash drive: lawyer “I am standing here in great pain due to an injury sustained in the prison by the prison guards,” he said later from his cage in the courtroom. He did not say what type of injury he suffered, but his lawyer later said guards made him carry heavy belongings to another cell, exacerbating a hernia. Whelan told the judge he needed to go to a hospital to receive suitable care. The hearing into whether to extend his detention was interrupted when paramedics were called to examine Whelan, but the judge ultimately said hospitalisation was not required. She ruled to extend his arrest to October 29. Whelan’s lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov said after the hearing he expected the trial to start in earnest early next year. He said Whelan has formally requested to have an operation, which will be filed through proper channels promptly. Whelan, who also holds Canadian, Irish and British passports, was arrested in December after allegedly receiving state secrets. He risks up to 20 years in prison if convicted. American arrested in Moscow for ‘spying’ was there for wedding, family says On Friday, he complained none of the documents supplied for the hearing were translated into English, and he was given only two hours to prepare. “How can I participate in my defence?” he asked. “I’m innocent of any charge,” he insisted. He maintains he has been framed and that he took a USB drive from an acquaintance thinking it contained holiday photos. His family said Whelan had been in Moscow for a friend’s wedding. During an earlier hearing, he made a direct appeal to US President Donald Trump . “Mr President – we cannot keep America great unless we aggressively protect and defend citizens wherever they are in the world,” he said. Whelan is among high-profile detainees mooted for a potential prisoner swap with the US.