Brittney Griner's agent implores White House to 'get a deal done' after WNBA star's trial date set in Russia

リンゼイ・カガワ・コーラスは、聴聞会は “本質的に管理上のものであり、メリットではありません。” She again implored President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to cut a deal to bring Griner home.

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Brittney Griner of the United States poses for a photograph with her gold medal in Women's Basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, 日本, 8月 8, 2021.  Picture taken August 8, 2021.

Brittney Griner of the United States poses for a photograph with her gold medal in Women’s Basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, 日本, 8月 8, 2021. Picture taken August 8, 2021. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

“とはいえ, the fact remains that the U.S. Government has determined that Brittney Griner is wrongfully detained and being used as a political pawn,” 彼女はツイートした.

The negotiation for her immediate release regardless of the legal proceedings should remain a top priority and we expect @POTUS and @VP to do everything in their power, たった今, to get a deal done to bring her home.

ザ・ criminal trial was set for July 1, そして、WNBAスターは、彼女の刑事裁判の期間中、拘留され続けるように命じられました。. The court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki extended her detention for another six months. 彼女は直面する可能性があります 10 years in prison if convicted.

Griner was seen being led into court with handcuffs. The 6-foot-9 center was wearing glasses and a gray T-shirt as she received word about the trial date.

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ファイル - フェニックスマーキュリーセンターブリトニーグリナー (42) drives past Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) ゲームの前半の間 1 of the WNBA basketball Finals, 日曜日, 10月. 10, 2021, フェニックスで.

ファイル – フェニックスマーキュリーセンターブリトニーグリナー (42) drives past Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) ゲームの前半の間 1 of the WNBA basketball Finals, 日曜日, 10月. 10, 2021, フェニックスで. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, ファイル)

Griner was arrested at Sheremetyevo Airport in February after she was accused of bringing in vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through security. Her arrest came a week before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, but news of her detention did not make it out until March.

我ら. officials and the WNBA kept a low profile when it came to speaking out about Griner’s arrest. It was not until the State Department reclassified Griner as being “不法に拘留された” that her fellow basketball stars started to ramp up the pressure to get her released.

Russian media has speculated about the potential of a prisoner swap for Griner with convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, ニックネームは “Merchant of Death.

Bout is serving a 25-year sentence after he was convicted of conspiracy to kill Americans and providing aid to a terrorist organization. Russian officials recently downplayed any chance of the trade happening.

我ら. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked Sunday on CNN about a potential joint swap for Griner and another held American Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence on an espionage conviction.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, ロシア, 月曜, 六月 27, 2022.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, ロシア, 月曜, 六月 27, 2022. (AP写真/ AlexanderZemlianichenko)

As a general propositionI have got no higher priority than making sure that Americans who are being illegally detained in one way or another around the world come home,” まばたきは言った. “I can’t comment in any detail on what we’re doing, except to say this is an absolute priority.

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