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Brittney Griner appears in Moscow court for detention hearing

The Biden administration says the 31-year-old Houston native is being wrongfully detained in Moscow.

MOSCOW, Russia — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner stated Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been prolonged by one month.

Griner’s lawyer, Alexander Boikov, instructed The Associated Press he believed the comparatively quick extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial quickly.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Video is from a associated report on Griner’s detention.

She has been in detention for almost three months.

She appeared for the transient hearing handcuffed, her dreadlocks coated in a pink hoodie and her face held low.

Boykov stated “We didn’t obtain any complaints concerning the detention situations from our consumer.”

Griner, 31, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained on the Moscow airport again in February after vape cartridges containing oil derived from hashish had been allegedly discovered in her baggage. If convicted, she might face a most penalty of 10 years in jail.

The Biden administration says the Houston native who performed faculty ball at Baylor is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA and U.S. officers have labored towards her launch with out seen progress.

The U.S. State Department has been “doing everything we can to support Brittney Griner to support her family, and to work with them to do everything we can, to see that she is treated appropriately and to seek her release,” spokesman Ned Price stated final week. He cited privateness concerns in not giving out extra particulars.

Ekaterina Kalugina of the regional Public Monitoring Commission, a state-backed panel in Russia that displays prisoners’ situations, stated just lately that Griner was sharing a cell with two different feminine detainees accused of narcotics offenses.

Griner’s cellmates spoke English and had been serving to her to speak with employees on the pre-trial detention facility and to acquire books, Kalugina stated.

“The only objective problem has turned out to be the basketball player’s height,” Tass quoted Kalugina as saying of the 6-foot-9 Griner. “The beds in the cell are clearly intended for a person of lesser height.”

The case of the 31-year-old Griner, one of the recognizable gamers in girls’s basketball, comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Also engaged on the case now’s a middle led by Bill Richardson, the previous U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who helped the discharge of a number of hostages and detainees, together with Trevor Reed.

Griner had one in all her greatest seasons final year — the league’s second-leading scorer and sixth in rebounds. She helped the Mercury attain the WNBA Finals, the place they lost to the Chicago Sky.

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Griner has received two Olympic gold medals with the U.S., a WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury and a nationwide championship at Baylor. She is a seven-time All-Star. The WNBA season opens May 6.

She was one in all a dozen WNBA gamers who performed in Russia or Ukraine this previous season. All besides Griner have left since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Griner has performed in Russia for the final seven years in the winter, incomes over $1 million per season — greater than quadruple her WNBA wage. She final performed for her Russian crew UMMC Ekaterinburg on Jan. 29 earlier than the league took a two-week break in early February for the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments. She was arrested in Moscow upon returning to Russia.

Check again for updates on this growing story.

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