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Ex-Trump campaign adviser Papadopoulos loses bid to delay prison term

Papadopoulos, 31, had asked a federal judge twice in the past 10 days to pause his sentence

IANS  |  Washington 

George Papadopoulos
George Papadopoulos. Photo: Reuters

A US federal judge has rejected requests by George to delay his 14-day prison sentence and ordered the former foreign policy adviser to report to prison as scheduled.

Papadopoulos, 31, had asked a federal judge twice in the past 10 days to pause his sentence but US District Court Judge Randolph Moss said in an order on Sunday that he had waited too long to contest his sentence, Xinhua news agency reported.

"waited until the eleventh hour to seek relief; indeed, he did not file his second motion - the stay request -- until the last business day before he was scheduled to surrender to serve his sentence," Moss wrote. "He has only his own delay to blame."

US authorities have set to surrender at a correctional camp in the state of Wisconsin on Monday.

In October last year, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his Russian contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign.

He gave up much of his rights to appeal under his plea agreement, which he cut with special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

Mueller is looking into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and any potential collusion between the and Moscow, among other matters that may arise from the investigation.

Papadopoulos was the first aide sentenced in Mueller's investigation.

The White House has claimed that Papadopoulos was a low-level volunteer on the campaign.

First Published: Mon, November 26 2018. 05:40 IST
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