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Brittney Griner Set to Appear in Russian Court for Preliminary Hearing Ahead of Trial

Brittney Griner Set to Appear in Russian Court for Preliminary Hearing Ahead of Trial

WNBA player 布兰妮·格林纳 is scheduled to appear in a Russian courtroom on Monday for a preliminary hearing in her ongoing efforts to return to the United States, 她的律师亚历山大·博伊科夫告诉 美国广播公司新闻.

The hearing, 美国有线电视新闻网 报道, was set to begin at 2 下午. local time at the Khimki city court just outside Moscow. 根据 美联社, the goal of the hearing is to addressprocedural issues.

Griner, 31, will appear behind closed doors, 在她参加医药展的日子之后.

A court date has not been announced yet though is expected soon, 出口说. 本月初, Russian state media agency TASS reported that a court has ruled to keep Griner 在押 至少到七月 2.

Griner’s hearing comes more than four months after she was detained. 二月里, the Phoenix Mercury player was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow after officials 据称发现 vape cartridges containing hash oil, an illegal substance in Russia, in her luggage.

美国. State Department later officially classified Griner as wrongfully detained 俄罗斯联邦. “一段时间以来,我们的立场非常明确. Brittney Griner 不应被拘留. 她不应该再被拘留一天,” 内德价格, 国务院发言人, 在六月说 14 新闻发布会.

布兰妮·格林纳 #42 of the Phoenix Mercury poses for a portrait during the WNBA Media Day on May 6, 2021, at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, 亚利桑那.

布兰妮·格林纳 #42 of the Phoenix Mercury poses for a portrait during the WNBA Media Day on May 6, 2021, at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, 亚利桑那.
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周六, the Phoenix Mercury released a statement via 推特 to announce the House of Representatives had passed Congressman Greg Stanton’s bipartisan resolution to push for her release.

Stanton and many others are continuing to work with the White House, State Department and Brittney’s family to secure her safe return,” the team tweeted.

在一份声明中, Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, expressed her gratitudefor this overwhelming show of support from Congress.

We need to be doing all we can to keep Brittney’s case on the forefront and finally put an end to this nightmare,” 她补充说.

根据 美联社, Griner’s case is now being handled by the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, which focuses on hostage release and freeing Americans it determines have been wrongfully detained.

This resolution sends a clear message: securing Brittney’s release must be the highest priority of the U.S. Government, and we know the American people support every effort made to bring her home,” Terri Carmichael Jackson, executive director of the WNBA added in a statement on Saturday.

如果被定罪, Griner 面朝上 10 入狱年.