© Reuters. U.S. basketball participant Brittney Griner seems on a display screen by way of video hyperlink from the detention centre throughout a court docket listening to to contemplate an enchantment in opposition to her jail sentence, in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Area, Russia October 25, 2022. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozheni
KRASNOGORSK, Russia (Reuters) – A lawyer for U.S. WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner on Tuesday informed judges listening to her enchantment that her nine-year jail sentence for possession and smuggling of medication within the type of a vape cartridge was extreme, and requested the court docket to acquit her.
“The punishment imposed on Griner doesn’t correspond to the gravity of the crime,” Maria Blagovolina mentioned. “9 years in jail is a sentence that contradicts judicial apply.”
“There was no intent in her actions … The substance was used for medical functions.”
Three judges had been presiding over the court docket in Krasnogorsk close to Moscow, whereas Griner was participating by way of video hyperlink from a detention centre within the city of Novoye Grishino, simply outdoors Moscow.