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Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty In Russian Court On Drug Charges

Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty In Russian Court On Drug Charges

Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty In Russian Court On Drug Charges

Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty In Russian Court On Drug Charges

According to Griner’s attorneys, Brittney Griner, a US basketball star, entered a plea on the second day of the trial to charges of illegal narcotics smuggling.

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Griner admitted guilt but asserted that she didn’t intend to commit a crime, according to RIA Novosti, the official Russian news agency, on Thursday.

One week before Russia invaded Ukraine, on February 17, Griner, 31, was held at a Moscow airport. Griner has participated in WNBA offseason play in Russia. Russian authorities claimed she had cannabis oil in her suitcase and suspected her of smuggling substantial amounts of a narcotic drug, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The next hearing is set for July 14.

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According to RIA Novosti, Griner told the court through her interpreter that she had no intent to carry luggage with hash oil but this was a result of her “packing up in a hurry.”

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“Ms. Griner says she pleads guilty. She had no intent to carry drugs, no intent to commit a crime, as she was packing up [her luggage] in a hurry,” her interpreter said in court, RIA Novosti reported.

Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty In Russian Court On Drug Charges

According to a source close to Griner, the decision to plead guilty was made by her alone. But in recent weeks, Griner, her family, lawyers, and experts discussed this decision extensively saying a plea could ultimately result in a shorter sentence.

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US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone Wednesday with Brittney Griner’s wife, Cherelle. Griner wrote in a letter delivered to Biden on Monday that she is afraid that she could be detained in Russia indefinitely.

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Asked by reporters outside the court if Griner can contact her wife, Griner’s lawyer Maria Blagovolina said, “This can be done in the form of a call. Unfortunately, due to the fact that Brittney now goes to the court, it is logistically difficult to arrange.”

Because Griner is either traveling to the court from her detention center north of Moscow or she is kept at the detention center in Khimki by the court, Blagovolina added that “we have not yet been able to organize it technically.”


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