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

Lindsay Kagawa Colas 说听证会是 “行政性质而不是案情。” 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, 八月 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, 八月 8, 2021. Picture taken August 8, 2021. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

“那说, the fact remains that the U.S. Government has determined that Brittney Griner is wrongfully detained and being used as a political pawn,” 她发了推文.

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, 马上, to get a deal done to bring her home.

criminal trial was set for July 1, 这位 WNBA 球星被命令在刑事审判期间继续被拘留. The court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki extended her detention for another six months. 她可以面对 10 如果被定罪,将入狱多年.

有人看到格林纳被带上手铐带进法庭. The 6-foot-9 center was wearing glasses and a gray T-shirt as she received word about the trial date.

布兰妮·格林纳拘留所: WNBA 球星的妻子希望拜登·阿德敏在修辞上跟进

文件 - Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) drives past Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) 上半场比赛 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) drives past Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) 上半场比赛 1 of the WNBA basketball Finals, 星期日, 十月. 10, 2021, 在凤凰城. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, 文件)

Griner 于 2 月在谢列梅捷沃机场被捕,此前她被指控通过安检携带含有大麻油的电子烟弹。. Her arrest came a week before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, but news of her detention did not make it out until March.

我们. 官员和 WNBA 在谈到格林纳被捕时保持低调. 直到国务院将格林纳重新归类为 “被错误拘留” 她的篮球明星伙伴们开始加大压力让她获释.

Russian media has speculated about the potential of a prisoner swap for Griner with convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, 昵称 “死亡商人。”

布特因共谋杀害美国人和向恐怖组织提供援助而被判处 25 年徒刑. 俄罗斯官员最近淡化了贸易发生的任何可能性.

我们. 国务卿安东尼·布林肯 周日在 CNN 上被问及有关 Griner 和另一名持有的美国人 Paul Whelan 的潜在联合交换, 谁因间谍罪被判处 16 年徒刑.

WNBA 球星和两届奥运会金牌得主布兰妮·格林纳(Brittney Griner)被押送到法庭进行听证, 在莫斯科郊外的希姆基, 俄国, 星期一, 六月 27, 2022.

WNBA 球星和两届奥运会金牌得主布兰妮·格林纳(Brittney Griner)被押送到法庭进行听证, 在莫斯科郊外的希姆基, 俄国, 星期一, 六月 27, 2022. (美联社照片/亚历山大·泽姆利亚尼琴科)

“作为一般命题… 我没有比确保在世界各地以某种方式被非法拘留的美国人回家更重要的事情了,” 闪烁说. “我无法详细评论我们正在做的事情, 除了说这是绝对优先事项。”

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