Brittney Griner will remain imprisoned in Russia for at least eight years, according to a recent court ruling. Griner’s lawyers appealed her nine-year sentence in August, but it was rejected by a Russian court on Tuesday (October 26).
Meanwhile, the US White House released a statement expressing its support for the release of the WNBA Star.
“We are aware of the news from Russia that Brittney Griner continues to be unjustly detained in intolerable circumstances after facing another mock trial today. President Biden has made it very clear that Brittney should be released immediately,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.
Following Brittney’s conviction in August, President Biden released a similar statement. The president said the nine-year sentence was a reminder that Russia was “Brittney wrongly imprisoned” a sentiment turned into an official statement in May.
Russian court grants time for pre-trial detention
Earlier this month, Griner’s attorney, Alexander D. Boykov, told his client “Wasn’t in very good condition.” She reportedly spends most of her day in a small prison with two cellmates. The guards grant her time in a small yard of the colony once a day. It was then that Alexander revealed it was Brittney “concerned” having to serve the entire sentence.
As previously reported, Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport after officers discovered two vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. The 32-year-old pleaded guilty in July but stood firm that she did it “no intention” Smuggling drugs, prosecutors claimed. Griner maintained her innocence when she spoke in court during closing arguments in August.
“I never wanted to hurt anyone, I never wanted to endanger the Russian people, I never wanted to break any laws here,” Griner told the court. “I made an honest mistake and I hope your decision doesn’t end my life here.”
Despite Griner’s testimony, a letter from a US doctor recommending medicinal cannabis for Brittney, and a clean doping test, the judge still ruled in favor of the prosecution. In addition to nine years in a penal colony, the Russian court sentenced the athlete to a fine of around $16,300, or one million rubles.
While the verdict upheld the verdict, the court awarded Griner a small time served award. According to that associated press, Each day that Griner is held in custody is deducted as 1.5 days from her sentence. She faces a total of eight years in prison.
White House confirms talks with Russia to free American prisoners
In Monday’s statement, the White House admitted it had reached out to Russia “through every available channel” Bringing home Brittney and other wrongly imprisoned Americans like Paul Wheelan.
“The President has shown he is willing to go to extraordinary lengths and make difficult decisions to bring Americans home, as his administration has done successfully in countries around the world. The government remains in regular contact with representatives of the families and we continue to admire their courage in the face of these unimaginable circumstances,” the National Security Advisor said.
Cherelle Griner is fighting for her life to bring home her wife, Brittney Griner, who has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
She fears the worst: “I don’t know if she has anything left in her tank to keep waking up every day and being in a place where she has no one.” pic.twitter.com/WR4fm5RRUt
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) October 6, 2022
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