Brittney Griner Jailed For 9 Years, Russian Court Rejects Appeal

Brittney Griner Jailed For 9 Years:- Brittney Griner’s appeal against her nine-year jail term for drug charges has been rejected by a Russian court. A court near Moscow upheld the sentence, with the state prosecutor calling it “fair”. A video link appeal hearing was held via video link by the double Olympic winner, who apologized for her “honest mistake”.

It was convicted in August that Griner, 32, smuggled and possessed cannabis oil. Her legal options had not yet been exhausted, it was unclear. A penal colony is where she will serve her sentence. Attorney Alexander Boykov said his team hoped a prisoner exchange would be possible for the WNBA star.

Brittney Griner Jailed For 9 Years, Russian Court Rejects Appeal

A prisoner swap between the US and Russia involving a basketball player was discussed in August by the Kremlin. According to US media reports, Washington may transfer imprisoned Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout – known as the Merchant of Death – to the Russian authorities as part of the deal.

It is hard to imagine that any judge would honestly say that Griner’s nine-year sentence conforms to Russian criminal law, according to Boykov.

His legal team is in talks with Griner about whether she wants to pursue a further appeal. Cherelle Griner, Brittney’s wife, said Brittney is a “hostage” of the Russian government on CBS Mornings on Tuesday. According to her, she does not know whether the incarcerated American has anything left in her tank to wake up every day without anyone.

President Biden has called for her and other prisoners to be released from the Phoenix Mercury center, and the US is “constantly in touch” with Russia. Biden said, “So far, we haven’t received much positive response, but we will not give up.”

According to US Department of State spokesman Ned Price, Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed a proposal with Russia for Griner and Paul Whelan, a former Marine who was arrested in Moscow on spying charges.

According to Mr Price, “Russia should engage seriously and in good faith on this proposal, and we’ve been urging it to do so in recent days.” The US will not relent until all Americans wrongfully detained, including Brittney and Paul, are reunited with their loved ones, he said.

Griner’s case was branded a “sham” by the White House, and a top US diplomat who attended the hearing called the sentence “excessive and disproportionate”. Remotely from her detention center near Moscow, the sports star addressed the appeals court of three judges.

She had told the court, “I hope that the court will amend this sentence because it has been extremely stressful and traumatic for me.”. “People with more severe crimes have received less than what I got,” she said.

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