ブリトニー・グリナーの家族は、彼らが「治癒への道」に乗り出していると言います’ 彼女の釈放後

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner sits in a cage in a courtroom prior to a hearing at the Khimki City Court outside Moscow, ロシア, 27 July 2022. グリナー, a World Champion player of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury team was arrested in February at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after some hash oil was detected and found in her luggage, for which she now could face a prison sentence of up to ten years. US basketball player Brittney Griner attends hearing on drug charges, モスクワ, ロシア連7月 - 27 Jul 2022

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner sits in a cage in a courtroom prior to a hearing at the Khimki City Court outside Moscow, ロシア, 27 July 2022. グリナー, a World Champion player of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury team was arrested in February at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after some hash oil was detected and found in her luggage, for which she now could face a prison sentence of up to ten years. US basketball player Brittney Griner attends hearing on drug charges, モスクワ, ロシア連7月 - 27 Jul 2022

ブリトニー・グリナー.
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ブリトニー・グリナー‘s family has issued a statement following her release from Russian custody 木曜日に.

The two-time Olympic basketball champion, 32, had received a nine-year sentence after a weeks-long trial stemming from her Feb. 17 detainment for allegedly possessing cannabis oil in her luggage after arriving in Moscow from New York City.

Following the sentence, the Biden administration offered a prisoner swap with Russia on July 27 to secure the release of Griner and Paul Whelan, アメリカ. Marine held since 2018 for alleged espionage.

The negotiations involved the exchange of the Americans for a Russian prisoner in the United States, ヴィクトル・バウト, who was convicted of arms trafficking and was in the middle of a 25-year sentence.

After news of the successful exchange broke, Griner’s family thanked the Biden administration and supported Whelan’s family as Whelan remained in Russia following the deal.

ジョー・バイデン, Britney Griner, ウラジーミル・プーチン

ジョー・バイデン, Britney Griner, ウラジーミル・プーチン

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We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to President Biden and his administration for the tireless work they did to bring Brittney home. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Governor Richardson and Mickey Bergman of the Richardson Center for their work, as well as remaining in constant communication with us,” ステートメントは次のようになります.

Asking for privacy as the familyembark on this road to healing,” 声明は言う: “We sincerely thank you all for the kind words, thoughts and prayersincluding Paul and the Whelan family who have been generous with their support for Brittney and our family during what we know is a heartbreaking time. We pray for Paul and for the swift and safe return of all wrongfully-detained Americans.

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ジョー・バイデン大統領 celebrated Griner’s release on Thursday morning, adding that the WNBA star was expected to land in the United States within the next 24 時間.

He stated during his remarks from the White House: “Moments ago, standing together with her wife Cherelle in the Oval Office, I spoke with Brittney Griner. She’s safe, she’s on a plane, she’s on her way home after months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances.

Speaking about the almost year-long journey, he expressed: “This is a day we’ve worked toward for a long time. We never stopped pushing for her release. It took painstaking and intense negotiations, and I wanna thank all the hardworking public servants across my administration who worked tirelessly to secure her release.