A Polish court has extended the house arrest of journalist Pablo González for three months.

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The reporter’s lawyer said that they would file an appeal against the decision.

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Journalist Pablo Ganzalez, in his Twitter image.
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The Przemisl regional court accepted the prosecutor’s request and agreed to extend the preventive detention of the Spanish journalist Paul Gonzalez For another 3 months.

Gonzalez’s lawyer said he would file an appeal against the court’s decision. However, for now, Gonzalez remain in custody.

“The court decided to extend the arrest for another 3 months,” said Bartos Rogasa, the lawyer for Pablo González. Rogasa said that, according to Polish law, at this stage he was not allowed to share details of the rationale for the court’s decision.

“The arrest hearing was part of preparatory proceedings and therefore remains classified,” Rogasa explained.

Rogasa said he and his client would file an appeal in the Rzeszw appeals court within seven days.

“Today’s court decision is not final, but it can be enforced, which means Mr. Gonzalez is in custody,” Rosasa said.

Pablo González, a freelance journalist who also has Russian nationality, was arrested by the Internal Security Agency (ABW) in Przemysl on February 28.

ABW accused Gonzalez of being an agent of the GRU, Russian military intelligence.

In Przemysl, a town on the Polish–Ukrainian border, Pablo González reported the exodus of Ukrainian refugees to Poland in the early days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Three months’ preventive custody was issued against him, which will end on May 29.

Today’s court ruling is the result of a prosecutor’s request filed last week.

a controversial arrest

In a press release published after González’s initial arrest, the Press Office of the Coordinator of the Polish Secret Services called on González to use his position as a journalist to travel freely throughout Europe and the world, including in areas of military conflict. Charged.

On 19 April, the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborza reported that the Internal Security Agency had also arrested another journalist on the same charge.

However, in his case the court rejected the prosecutor’s request for arrest.

Gonzalez’s arrest generated objections from various institutions.

For example, in March, the International and European Associations of Journalists called on the Polish government Will release Gonzalez and drop charges against him, saying that arresting him was an attack on the freedom of the press and democracy.

Calls to release Gonzalez were also repeated by the International Press Institute, which argued that the matter was a matter of concern. Its lack of transparency.

About two weeks ago, Gonzalez’s lawyer in Spain, Gonzalo Boye, intervened in the Navarra region’s parliament and urged officials to take a closer look at González’s case and ensure that his rights were guaranteed.

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