American basketball star Brittany Griner jailed for nine years on drug charges

Griner, 31, admitted he had cannabis oil, but told the court he had made an “honest mistake.” However, the court convicted him of trafficking and drug possession, and gave him close to the maximum sentence recommended by prosecutors.

Griner, a double Olympic gold medalist and considered one of the best in the world, was detained at an airport near Moscow in February after wipe cartridges containing cannabis oil were found in his luggage. Had gone. A BBC report said that she had come to Russia to play club basketball during the US off-season.

Meanwhile, Griner’s defense team said they would appeal Thursday’s decision by the court in Khimki, near Moscow.

Reading out the judgment, the presiding judge said he took into account the fact that the American had already spent a considerable amount of time in detention.

Griner told the court, “I made an honest mistake, and I hope that your decision will not end my life. I did not plot or plan to commit this crime.”

The basketball player also said that he received neither an explanation of his rights nor access to a lawyer in the early hours of his detention, and had to use a translation app on his phone to communicate.

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