© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. basketball participant Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with unlawful possession of hashish, drinks water inside a defendants’ cage after the court docket’s verdict in Khimki exterior Moscow, Russia
MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner “doesn’t anticipate miracles” at her attraction listening to on Tuesday towards a nine-year Russian jail time period for having hashish oil in her baggage, her legal professionals stated in a press release.
The 2-time Olympic gold medallist was arrested on Feb. 17 at a Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is banned in Russia. She was sentenced on Aug. 4 to 9 years in a penal colony on expenses of possessing and smuggling medication.
Griner’s legal professionals, Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov, stated she would participate in Tuesday’s listening to by video hyperlink from the detention centre the place she has been held, and that they anticipated a verdict the identical day.
“She may be very nervous ready for the attraction listening to. Brittney doesn’t anticipate any miracles to occur however hopes that the attraction court docket will hear the arguments of the protection and cut back the time period,” they stated.
Griner pleaded responsible at her trial however stated she had made an “trustworthy mistake” and never meant to interrupt the legislation.
Washington says Griner was wrongfully detained and has supplied to alternate her for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms seller serving a 25-year jail sentence in america.
Moscow has additionally urged it’s open to a prisoner swap.
Invoice Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who travelled to Moscow in September, has stated he believes Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan may each be launched by the tip of the yr. A U.S. consular officer spoke briefly on the cellphone with each detainees final Tuesday.