CHIMKI. The trial of American basketball player Brittney Griner started on Friday in the Russian city of Khimki.
In February, she was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetevo Airport when cartridges containing cannabis oil were found in her luggage. She faces up to ten years in prison for smuggling a large amount of drugs.
Thirty-one-year-old Griner traveled to Russia to play for the local Yekaterinburg club, where she works during a break in the overseas WNBA.
The two-time Olympic champion and four-time winner of the Euroleague has been in custody since February 17, this week the court extended his sentence until December. Russia denies that the case is politically motivated.
“The facts are that the well-known sportswoman has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs containing narcotics.
Given what I’ve said, it can’t be politically motivated,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to AP.
On Friday, Grinerova arrived at the hearing in Khimki, a suburb of Moscow, handcuffed and accompanied by her lawyers. They wouldn’t reveal how their client would testify.
There is a lot of interest in the trial, but only a limited number of media representatives made it to the hearing. The American woman already closed a preliminary hearing behind closed doors on Monday.