The pretrial detention for Phoenix Mercury centre Brittney Griner was extended for a different 30 times by a Russian courtroom, Griner’s lawyer Alexander Boykov reported.
Griner was set to show up in court docket on May perhaps 19 and for the duration of proceedings on Friday in a Khimki courtroom, outdoors of Moscow, a judge denied a request for Griner, who was in handcuffs and putting on a purple hoodie, to be placed in home detention.
“We did not receive any grievances about the detention ailments from our client,” Boykov said.
Griner has been detained in Russia because February, when she was stopped at an airport for allegedly carrying vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her have-on luggage. That charge carries a potential 10-calendar year jail sentence.
The U.S. govt has reported the 31-12 months-previous two-time Olympic gold medalist was wrongfully detained and that they are working to get her launch.
Former New Mexico Gov. and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson is also doing the job on behalf of Griner’s loved ones to see if they can deliver her property safely and securely.
The WNBA proceeds to guidance Griner, placing her initials and jersey variety on the sideline of each individual WNBA court docket, even though also spending her total salary this period.
“Today’s information on Brittney Griner was not surprising, and the WNBA proceeds to do the job with the U.S. government to get BG house safely and as shortly as attainable,” a WNBA spokesperson explained in a statement unveiled to United states of america Nowadays Sporting activities.
Contributing: Affiliated Push