A Russian court said the trial for the US basketball star Brittney Griner will begin on Friday and she will remain in custody until it ends, her lawyer, Aleksandr Boikov, said on Monday.Ms july. Griner appeared in the Khimki city court near Moscow for a hearing that is preliminary. She failed to talk after her court look, according to
from beyond your courtroom which was published by the state state news agency TASS.
The WNBA celebrity, that has played for a team that is russian the off-season, was detained in a Moscow airport on Feb. 17, ensnaring a US citizen’s fate in the confrontation between Russia and the west over Ukraine.
Russian officials said they had found vape cartridges bearing traces of hash oil in Ms. Griner’s luggage when she passed through a security checkpoint. The drug charges levied against her carries a sentence of up to 10 years in a colony that is penal
Mr. Boikov stated that the trial was expected by him to take up to two months, depending on the court’s workload. He also said Ms. Griner feels well and has no complaints about her treatment in the detention that is pretrial.
“It is hot in Moscow, therefore she seems that too, specially while being transported towards the court,” Mr. Boikov stated in a phone interview.
Ms. Griner, a seven-time WNBA All-Star center for the Phoenix Mercury and a figure that is key two champion Olympic teams, was detained a week before the invasion of Ukraine, but Russian officials did not reveal her arrest until after the war began.
Word of her arrest came when Russia-US relations were hitting one low point after another, and her detention raised fears that she could become a bargaining chip, perhaps to be exchanged for high-profile Russians in US custody. In recent years, US officials have accused Russia of detaining and sentencing citizens that are american trumped-up fees.Last week, a large number of companies representing folks of color, ladies and voters that are LGBTQ on President Biden to strike a deal for her release.Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, said in
an interview(*) with MSNBC this month that Ms. Griner was not being held hostage and was being held accountable for violating law that is russian(*)