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Brittney Griner Russia detention extended, court trial revealed: WNBA news

American basketball star Britney Greenner, who is being held in Russia on drug charges, will appear in a Russian court on Monday, a court has ruled.

Grenner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion, was arrested at Moscow airport in February after being found in a suitcase with Vap Cartridge with cannabis oil.

She was charged with drug trafficking in Russia and up to 10 years in prison.

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The arrests came just days before Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine in defiance of US warnings, prompting Western powers to impose heavy sanctions and send military aid to Kyiv.

The court in Kimki, outside Moscow, said Monday that Greenner’s trial would begin on July 1.

Greensner’s lawyer said Monday that the court had extended her jail term for the trial. According to the report, her sentence was extended by six months.

Grenner must remain in custody for most criminal proceedings.

“This was to be expected,” said Grenner’s lawyer.

The client, who was escorted by a chain of journalists, described the client as “anxious.”

Australian basketball player Shane Heel responded to recent developments on Twitter: “I feel sick. The poor girl was arrested as a politician. Think about it if you are a girl and there is nothing you can do. Her family and friends are incapable.

Brittany Greensner's future is in doubt.  (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
Brittany Greensner’s future is in doubt. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)Source: AFP AFP

Washington reports that Russia’s 316-year-old 206cm basketball star has been “mistakenly arrested” and handed over the case to the US special envoy to the hostages.

He said WNBA is working to bring Greener home.

She is one of the best female basketball players in the world.

Before the start of the American season, she played basketball in Russia, which is a common practice for American celebrities looking for extra income.

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