U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner “doesn’t anticipate miracles” at her enchantment listening to on Tuesday towards a nine-year Russian jail time period for having hashish oil in her baggage, her attorneys mentioned in a press release.
The twice Olympic gold medalist was arrested on Feb. 17 at a Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is banned in Russia. She was sentenced on Aug. 4 to 9 years in a penal colony on expenses of possessing and smuggling medicine.
Griner’s attorneys, Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov, mentioned she would participate in Tuesday’s listening to by video hyperlink from the detention centre the place she has been held, and that they anticipated a verdict the identical day.
“She may be very nervous ready for the enchantment listening to. Brittney doesn’t anticipate any miracles to occur however hopes that the enchantment courtroom will hear the arguments of the defence and cut back the time period,” they mentioned.
Griner pleaded responsible at her trial however mentioned she had made an “sincere mistake” and never meant to interrupt the legislation.
Washington says Griner was wrongfully detained and has provided to trade her for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms vendor serving a 25-year jail sentence in the USA.
Moscow has additionally advised it’s open to a prisoner swap.
Invoice Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who travelled to Moscow in September, has mentioned he believes Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan might each be launched by the top of the 12 months. A U.S. consular officer spoke briefly on the telephone with each detainees final Tuesday.
U.S. State Division spokesperson Ned Worth mentioned Washington was working to free Griner and Whelan and there had been “energetic discussions, together with in latest days.”
“We now have not weighed in on the assorted judicial proceedings and judicial steps as a result of as we’ve made clear, we imagine that these proceedings have been largely shambolic,” Worth instructed reporters at a press briefing.