MOSCOW (AP) — The jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner has been moved to a penal colony in Russia, her authorized staff stated Wednesday.
A Russian court docket rejected her attraction of her nine-year sentence for drug possession final month.
“Brittney was transferred from the detention centre in Iksha on the 4th November. She is now on her way to a penal colony. We do not have any information on her exact current location or her final destination,” the assertion from her authorized staff stated.
White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “Every minute that Brittney Griner must endure wrongful detention in Russia is a minute too long. As the Administration continues to work tirelessly to secure her release, the President has directed the Administration to prevail on her Russian captors to improve her treatment and the conditions she may be forced to endure in a penal colony. As we have said before, the U.S. Government made a significant offer to the Russians to resolve the current unacceptable and wrongful detentions of American citizens. ”
Griner, an eight-time all-star centre with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted Aug. 4 after police stated they discovered vape canisters containing hashish oil in her baggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
Griner admitted that she had the canisters in her baggage, however testified that she had inadvertently packed them in haste and that she had no felony intent. Her defence staff offered written statements that she had been prescribed hashish to deal with ache.
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