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    New York coach Sandy Brondello was on her way to her team’s Friday morning shootaround when she heard the “disappointing” news that Russia had extended Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention another 30 days. Griner’s original detention date was set to end on May 19. The two-time Olympic gold medalist who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, was detained at a Moscow airport in February after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage. Griner, 31, faces drug smuggling charges that carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The 30-day extension could mean Griner’s case could go to trial soon. Whatever is next on the legal horizon didn’t take the sting out of the latest news for Brondello, who coached Griner for eight years in Phoenix before taking over the New York Liberty this year. “Obviously very disappointed to hear they are extending BG’s stay in Russia and we’ve got to do everything we can to get her out,” Brondello said. “We have to free BG. We need her back here. Hopefully the government can...
    WNBA star Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month, her lawyer said. Lawyer Alexander Boikov told the Associated Press about result of a Friday court hearing in Moscow and explained that the relatively short extension indicated the case would go to trial soon. UKRAINE COULD 'DEFINITELY WIN' DEPENDING ON HOW VICTORY IS DEFINED, EXPERTS SAY Griner was arrested on February 17 at a Moscow airport while entering the country and she was accused of illegally bringing vape cartridges containing hashish oil. She plays professional basketball in Russia during the WNBA off-season, like many others, and has been playing for UMMC Ekaterinburg for the past six seasons. The basketball star has not been formally charged yet. The U.S. State Department considers Griner to be "wrongfully detained,” they announced earlier this month. The designation means her situation is being handled by the office of the US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA) Roger Carsten, which leads the government's efforts on getting Americans wrongfully detained abroad released. The trial had been slated for May 19, and Griner...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial soon. She has been in detention for nearly three months. She appeared for the brief hearing handcuffed, her dreadlocks covered in a red hoodie and her face held low. Boykov said “We did not receive any complaints about the detention conditions from our client.” Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at a Moscow airport after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The Biden administration says Griner, 31, is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA and U.S. officials have worked toward her release, without visible progress. The Russians have described Griner’s case as a criminal offense without making any political associations. But it comes amid Moscow’s war in Ukraine that has brought U.S.-Russian relations to the lowest...
    MOSCOW -- The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month.Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial soon. She has been in detention for nearly three months.She appeared for the brief hearing handcuffed, her dreadlocks covered in a red hoodie and her face held low.Boykov said, "We did not receive any complaints about the detention conditions from our client."Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at a Moscow airport after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.RELATED: ABC13 speaks with Sen. John Cornyn about Trevor Reed return, Brittney Griner statusEMBED More News Videos Senator John Cornyn gives ABC13 an update on Trevor Reed's return and the status on Brittney Griner. The Biden administration says Griner, 31, is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA and U.S. officials have worked toward her release, without visible progress.The Russians have described...
    (CNN)The arrest of US Olympic basketball champion Brittney Griner on charges of drug smuggling has been extended until June 18 by the Khimki Court of the Moscow Region, Russian state news agency TASS reported Friday, citing the press service of the court."The court granted the petition of the investigation and extended the term of detention of US citizen (Griner) until June 18," the court said, according to TASS.This is a developing story and will be updated.
    US basketball star Brittney Griner faces another month of detention in Russia where state officials say she was caught 'red-handed trying to smuggle hash oil,' despite the White House calling her imprisonment illegal.  Griner, 31, was arrested at Moscow airport on February 18 for allegedly bringing vape cartridges containing hash oil - which is illegal in Russia - into the country.  Russian officials say her arrest is based on 'objective facts and evidence'. 'She was caught red-handed while trying to smuggle hash oil. In Russia, this is a crime,' a statement, obtained by CNN, read.  Griner, who was in Russia to play for UMMC Yekaterinburg on a reported $1million contract, could face up to 10 years in a labor camp for drug smuggling. The star, considered one of the best female basketball players in the world, was seen leaving a Moscow court on Friday with her hood up and hair covering her face as she was told her detention would extend another month.  Her lawyer, Alexander Boikov, told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Griner’s lawyer Alexander Boikov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial soon. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at the Moscow airport after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The Biden administration says Griner, 31, is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA and U.S. officials have worked toward her release, without visible progress.
    MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner says her pre-trial detention in Russia is extended by one month. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MOSCOW (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in a Moscow court Friday for a hearing on whether her detention will be extended. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at the Moscow airport after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The Biden administration says Griner, 31, is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA and U.S. officials have worked toward her release, without visible progress. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MOSCOW (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner has appeared in a Moscow court for a hearing on whether her detention will be extended. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    As WNBA star and two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner approaches the three-month mark of her detention in Russia, she has no clear prospect of release. The Phoenix Mercury All-Star center may as early as Friday face a Moscow court hearing, which is likely to extend her pre-trial detention. It doesn’t help that she was arrested in Moscow, at the lowest point of U.S.-Russian relations in decades. Here is a look at Griner’s predicament, and the efforts to secure her release. WHAT IS THIS NEXT LEGAL STEP? Griner was detained Feb. 17 and a hearing in a Russian court could come as early as Friday, or anytime before May 19 when her detention period is scheduled to end. The court will likely extend her pre-trial detention. No trial date has been set. May 19 is the day Griner’s detention period is scheduled to end, not a court or trial date. Courts in Russia routinely extend pre-trial detention, and suspects can spend years in jail awaiting trial. The Biden administration says Griner, 31, is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA...
    A Russian court has decided to extend WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention in Moscow for two more months, according to a report. Griner, a Houston-native who plays for the WNBA’s Pheonix Mercury in addition to playing in Russia when the WNBA is not in season, has been held in a Russian jail since last month after being arrested for having vaping cartridges that contained cannabis oils. The cartridges were detected in her luggage during an airport security check as she was preparing to leave the country. TASS, the Russian news agency, reported that a judge had extended Griner’s detention to at least May 19. “The court granted the petition of the investigation and extended the term of detention of U.S. citizen Griner,” the court ruled. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) As the New York Post reports, “Ekaterina Kalugina, a member of the Moscow-based Public Monitoring Commission group that observes the treatment of prisoners, told TASS that Griner was sharing a cell with two other women with no previous convictions. She added that Griner’s only issue was the prison beds were too short for her 6’7″...
    MOSCOW -- US basketball star Brittney Griner's legal team has seen her several times a week throughout her detention in Russia and they reported that she is well, a source close to the situation told CNN Thursday.News of Griner's condition comes after a Moscow court announced it extended the arrest of Griner until May 19, according to Russian state news agency TASS."The court granted the request of the investigation and extended the period of detention of the US citizen Griner until May 19," the court said, per TASS.The source added that the Russian investigation is ongoing, and a trial date has not been set.According to Russian authorities, the two-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested on allegations of drug smuggling significant amounts of narcotic substance at a Moscow airport. US Rep. Colin Allred of Texas said she was arrested February 17.Russia has a history of making false charges in other cases, experts say."There have been a lot of allegations of planting of substances on people, particularly on the part of human rights advocates," says Peter Maggs, a law professor at the...
    Russian media reported that the detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner was extended until May 19, a development that could see the two-time Olympic champion being held for at least three months before her case is resolved. The case of the 31-year-old Griner, one of the most recognizable players in women’s basketball, comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Griner was detained at a Moscow airport, reportedly in mid-February, after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges allegedly containing oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. “The court granted the request of the investigation and extended the period of detention of the U.S. citizen Griner until May 19,” the court said, according to the state news agency Tass. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. The U.S. State Department has been “doing everything we can to support Brittney Griner to support her family, and to work with them to do everything we can,...
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