Brittney Griner 审判开始, 俄罗斯检察官揭露了针对 WNBA 球星的案件

Russian prosecutors revealed their case against Griner, 声称她拥有两个弹药筒 0.702 克大麻油二月 17 when she was taken into custody at Sheremetyevo Airport with the intention of smuggling in thenarcotics,” according to Russian News Agency TASS.

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner (C) arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on July 1, 2022. - 格里纳, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year sentence.

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner (C) arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on July 1, 2022. – 格里纳, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year sentence. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Being quite aware that it is banned to carry narcotic substances in the Eurasian Economic Union, she bought two cartridges holding 0.252 和 0.45 grams of cannabis oil, 要么 0.702 grams in total, for personal consumption from an unidentified person in an unidentified location and under unidentified circumstances but not later than February 17, 2022,” the prosecutor claimed.

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格里纳, who could face up to 10 如果被定罪,将入狱多年, was escorted into court wearing a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt. 她 told a Reuters reporter present in the courtroom that she is struggling with her detention because of the language barrier.

She did not enter a plea during Friday’s hearing and a judge ordered the trial be adjourned until July 7.

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on July 1, 2022. - 格里纳, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence.

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on July 1, 2022. – 格里纳, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Elizabeth Rood, 我们. charge d’affaires in Moscow, was in court and said she spoke with Griner, WHO “is doing as well as can be expected in these difficult circumstances.

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The Russian Federation has wrongfully detained Brittney Griner,” Rood said. “The practice of wrongful detention is unacceptable wherever it occurs and is a threat to the safety of everyone traveling, 加工, and living abroad.

在周五, a Kremlin official denied U.S. reports that Griner’s arrest was “具有政治动机。”

Facts are that a famous athlete was apprehended with forbidden compounds that contained narcotic substances. Russian legislation indeed has provisions that stipulate punishment for such crimes,” 这位官员说, via TASS.

文件 - Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) looks to pass as Chicago Sky center Candace Parker defends during the first half of game 1 of the WNBA basketball Finals , 星期日, 十月. 10, 2021, 在凤凰城.

文件 – Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) looks to pass as Chicago Sky center Candace Parker defends during the first half of game 1 of the WNBA basketball Finals , 星期日, 十月. 10, 2021, 在凤凰城. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, 文件)

Russian news media have repeatedly raised speculation that Griner could be swapped for Russian arms trader Viktor Bout, 绰号 “the Merchant of Death,” who is serving a 25-year sentence on conviction of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and providing aid to a terrorist organization.

Griner’s arrest came a week before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, but news of her detention did not spread until March. She is facing a court system where the acquittal rate is less than 1%.

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