Russian court extends Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention, says her attorney

A court in Russia on Friday extended the pre-trial detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner by one month, her attorney said.

Ms. Griner, one of the most awarded athletes in women’s basketball, has been detained in Russia since mid-February on drug charges that can lead to up to 10 years in prison. The accusation is based on the accusation that she has vaporizer cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage.

“He’s fine, there are no complaints,” said Aleksandr Boikov, Ms. Griner’s lawyer. He also said the court had rejected his appeal for Ms. Griner’s transfer to house arrest.

While Ms. Griner was arrested a week before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian authorities did not disclose her detention until a few days after the war began, raising fears that she could be used as a bargaining chip in the country. general crisis.