WNBA star Brittney Griner is seen at court, but Russia extends her detention again

6/28/2022 1:00:00 PM

WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is being held prisoner in Russia, briefly appeared in public Monday.

WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is being held prisoner in Russia, briefly appeared in public Monday.

The star with the U.S. Olympic and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury was bracketed by four security officers and a dog as she was led down a stairwell to a courtroom for Monday's hearing.

Email Basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives Monday at a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow.Fewer than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, and unlike in the U.Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn MOSCOW (AP) — Shackled and looking wary, WNBA star Brittney Griner was ordered to stand trial Friday by a court near Moscow on cannabis possession charges, about 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team.Jim Heintz Jun 27, 2022, 06:18 AM EDT | an hour ago SAVE MOSCOW (AP) — Shackled and looking wary, WNBA star Brittney Griner was ordered to stand trial Friday by a court near Moscow on cannabis possession charges, about 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a WNBA champion, was detained in February on charges of carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil.(Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP via Getty Images) Updated June 27, 2022 at 1:03 PM ET MOSCOW — Brittney Griner briefly appeared in public Monday, and moved one step closer to facing trial on drug charges in Russia., acquittals can be overturned.In a short court proceeding, a judge ordered Griner to be detained for the length of her trial, Griner's legal team told NPR.Olympic gold medalist also was ordered to remain in custody for the duration of her criminal trial.The next hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 1, Griner's lawyer, Alexander Boikov, said.20.The trial will officially start that day, but it will begin with technical matters such as reading the indictment and reviewing case files, he added.Fewer than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, and unlike in the U.

The news emerged from a preliminary court session that was closed to the public — but journalists did get a rare glimpse of Griner as the WNBA center walked through a hallway in the courthouse.She declined to answer questions from reporters in English as she was led through the courthouse, according to video shown in Russian media.S.The Phoenix Mercury and U.S.Griner was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport less than a week before Russia sent troops into Ukraine, which aggravated already-high tensions with sweeping sanctions by the United States and Russia's denunciation of U.Olympic team star was bracketed by four security officers and a dog as she was led down a stairwell to a courtroom for Monday's hearing — a process that was repeated in reverse less than an hour later, as Griner was returned to detention.Photos obtained by The Associated Press showed the 31-year-old in handcuffs and looking straight ahead, unlike a previous court appearance where she kept her head down and covered with a hood.Griner, who was handcuffed, did not respond to journalists' questions.weapon supplies to Ukraine.Her detention and trial come at an extraordinarily low point in Moscow-Washington relations.

At one point she simply shook her head as she continued walking.Griner has been detained for 130 days Griner, 31, has now been held in Russian custody for 130 days — an ordeal that began one week before Russia invaded Ukraine.S.S.Her detention repeatedly has been extended, and her request for home detention was denied.No U.Griner's wife, Cherelle, urged President Joe Biden in May to secure her release, calling her"a political pawn.S.S.S.

Embassy officials were present for Monday's hearing.Every time's a reminder that their teammate, their friend, is wrongfully imprisoned in another country," Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard said later Monday.A representative for the U.S.It is good to see her.” Her supporters have encouraged a prisoner swap like the one in April that brought home Marine veteran Trevor Reed in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy.Embassy told NPR that it was informed the session was a"closed administrative meeting" and Embassy staff would not be allowed to attend."It was a technical hearing involving the prolongation of the arrest," Boikov said of the session."At least we get to see an image of her.S.

"Not more than that.citizens and providing aid to a terrorist organization." The U." Griner's supporters have encouraged a prisoner swap like the one in April that brought home Marine veteran Trevor Reed in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy.S.Embassy says American officials plan to attend the formal trial when hearings finally begin.S.S.Griner was arrested on Feb.Others have suggested that she , a former Marine and security director serving a 16-year sentence on an espionage conviction that the United States has repeatedly described as a set-up.

17, after authorities at a Moscow area airport allegedly found cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage — prompting a criminal charge of smuggling drugs into Russia.Russia has agitated for Bout's release for years.She could face up to 10 years in prison if she's convicted.S.Why is Griner being held? Other than a rough outline, few details are known about her case, feeding speculation that the Putin regime arrested Griner to use her as leverage.S.Among the scenarios that have been discussed, one potential deal would see Griner exchanged for a Russian national imprisoned in the U.S.U...

— notorious convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, also known as the"Merchant of Death." Russia's official Tass media has reported on a Bout-for-Griner exchange, saying that an official source had confirmed such discussions were taking place.Secretary of State Antony Blinken, asked Sunday on CNN whether a joint swap of Griner and Whelan for Bout was being considered, sidestepped the question.Like many WNBA players, Griner plays in overseas leagues during the U.But “I can’t comment in any detail on what we’re doing, except to say this is an absolute priority.S..league's offseason, earning far more than her WNBA salary.

In recent years, she has played for UMMC Ekaterinburg, a Russian team owned by oligarch Iskander Makhmudov.I 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," he said.Most Read.The team has had to Griner's U.S." In: Brittney Griner First published on June 27, 2022 / 11:30 PM © 2022 The Associated Press.club.What is the U.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

S.doing to get Griner out? Griner's precarious situation has raised a number of concerns in the U.Create your free account or log in for more features.S.— including worries that publicizing her case and issuing loud calls for her release might only make her more valuable to Russia as a pawn.Dozens of rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign, the National Organization for Women and National LGBTQ Task Force, recently wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to approach her case with urgency.

In early May, the Biden administration declared Griner to be wrongfully detained by Russia's government, signaling that the U.S.would get aggressive in the pursuit of her freedom and return home.She's being , the U.S.

said.The State Department has said that the"Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs will lead the interagency team for securing Brittney Griner's release." Russia has denied that characterization, insisting that it is only enforcing its drug trafficking laws.Maynes reported from Russia.Chappell reported from Washington, D.

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WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial Friday in RussiaThe Phoenix Mercury center and two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist also was ordered to remain in custody for the duration of her criminal trial, which was to begin Friday. Griner could face 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of large-scale transportation of drugs. Circus trial I wonder if her opinion of American 🇺🇸 has changed recently? Why the F are you holding weed in Russia of all places!?!?

WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial Friday in RussiaThe Phoenix Mercury star — considered in some polls to be the United States’ most gifted female athlete — could face 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of large-scale transportation of drugs. Her eyes speak volumes about the reality is facing.

WNBA Basketball Star Brittney Griner Appears In Russian Court Ahead Of TrialThe Phoenix Mercury star was ordered to stand Friday and could face 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of large-scale transportation of drugs.

WNBA star Brittney Griner appears in Russian court, criminal trial set for July 1WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in court for a preliminary hearing ahead of her July 1 trial, more than four months after she was arrested at a Moscow airport for cannabis possession. On Monday, the court extended her detention for another six months. Good She is seriously shackled At this rate she’s a pawn in putins game

WNBA star Brittney Griner's trial in Russia set to begin July 1WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention in Russia has been extended through Dec. 20, according to reports. The decision was made during a preliminary hearing that Griner attended on Monday, Russia's state-run TASS reported. Blinken said get the hell out of Russia in November 2021 so why was she still there in February 2022 A year pretrial detention is bad for her, but ok for J6 peaceful protesters? Enough is enough!!! Let her come home!

Q&A: Why is Brittney Griner detained in Russia and when might she be released?WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17. Her arrest, incarceration and the fight to bring her home has triggered extensive questions The Times asked an array of experts to help answer.