A Moscow court set the start date for the Brittney Griner trial for Friday. The court also extended Griner’s detention.
This past Monday, the Russian court scheduled Brittney Griner’s trial to start Friday, July 1. This follows after they ruled her detention to be extended six months pending its outcome.
Officially, this has been the fourth time Griner’s pre-trial detention was moved after already being extended before her court date was set. Griner will now be detained throughout the trial.
Griner, who has been detained in Russia on allegations of attempted drug smuggling, attended the preliminary hearing on Monday.
Her lawyer, Alexander Boykov, had told CNN the hearing would occur behind closed doors at the Khimki court, just outside Moscow.
Brittney Griner Can Now Reunite With WNBA Players Through Emails Delivered To Her By Lawyers
Brittney Griner can now write to her teammates and other WNBA players. Teammates have sent hundreds of emails to an account set up by Griner’s agent, allowing them to communicate with her.
Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner has been detained for 105 days after vape cartridges containing cannabis oils were allegedly found in her luggage at an airport near Moscow.
Last month, the Biden administration stated that she was wrongfully detained.
Despite her detention being extended for another month, the athlete has found a way to keep her spirits up.
Lately, Griner has been able to receive emails and letters from other WNBA players during her detainment in Russia. Hundreds of emails have been sent by players to an email account Griner’s agent set up for the players to be able to communicate with her.