Detained U.S. basketball player Greener may appeal and seek amnesty


U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner, detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport in March and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis, was heard in a court hearing on July 1, 2022 in Khimki, a suburb of Moscow. Was accompanied in front of. (Evgenia Novozhenina / Reuters)

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained in Russia for drug charges, could appeal her decision or apply for an amnesty after the sentence was given. rice field.

Alexei Zaitsev, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said in a briefing:

“Attempts to present the case as if an American woman had been illegally detained are unbearable,” Zaitsev said.

In May, the US State Department designated Greener as “unjustly detained.”

Greener, who was playing for a club based in Yekaterinburg during the off-season, was arrested on February 17 at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow for up to 10 years in prison.

Russian officials said a vaporizer cartridge infused with cannabis, which is illegal in Russia, was found in Grinner’s baggage. Her trial began on Friday.