holiday photos: A judge told him Tuesday he would need to wait until March 29 before his trial could begin, according to CTV. They're allowed to hold him for up to 18 months without having a trial and they appear to be wanting to do that, David Whelan, Paul's brother, told CTV News from Newmarket, Ont. Paul Whalen, a former U.S. marine who was born in Ottawa, was arrested on espionage charges while attending a wedding a Moscow on Dec. 28, 2018, but has yet to stand trial in the matter. If convicted, Whelan could spend up to 20 years in prison. Russian federal agents said Whalen had a flash drive with classified information on it, but Whalen said he thought it contained holiday photos given to him by a friend. There still has been no evidence provided by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation to the court about Paul's charges, David said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.