Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury postures for a picture at practice and media schedule throughout the 2021 WNBA Finals on October 16, 2021, at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
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WNBA star Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention in Russia was extended by a month throughout a Friday court look, her attorney informed The Associated Press.
Griner’s attorney Alexander Boikov informed the outlet the brief extension might show that her case will go to trial quickly.
Griner, a star center for the Phoenix Mercury, was jailed in February on drug charges after a search of her baggage at the Sheremetyevo airport near Moscow showed up vape cartridges including oil originated from marijuana, authorities stated.
The offense might bring an optimal sentence of 10 years in jail.
In March, Russian authorities stated Griner’s detention had actually been extended up until May19 At that time, Griner was stated to be doing okay and was seeing her Russian legal group several times a week following her detention.
Earlier this month the State Department identified she was being “wrongfully detained by the Russian government,” a category that would permit the U.S. federal government to more strongly protect her release.
The embellished 31- year-old has actually won 2 Olympic gold medals, a WNBA champion with the Mercury, and in the winter season has actually played in Russia for the previous 7 years.