Brittney Griner pleads guilty to Russian drugs charge
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Brittney Griner was handcuffed and wearing a red T-shirt as she was led into the court in Khimki outside Moscow
Brittney Griner was handcuffed and wearing a red T-shirt as she was led into the court in Khimki outside Moscow

US basketball player Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug charges in a Russian court but has denied deliberately breaking the law.
The Olympic gold medallist was detained in February at an airport near Moscow when cannabis oil vape cartridges were allegedly found in her luggage.

“I was in a rush packing and the cartridges accidentally ended up in my bag,” she told the court in Khimki.
Her trial began last week on charges that could mean 10 years in jail.

Griner’s wife earlier called on President Joe Biden to do “whatever is necessary” to secure her release. Mr Biden told Cherelle Griner he was working to have her freed as soon as possible.
The 31-year-old basketball star, who is accused of possessing and smuggling drugs, had already sent the president a letter saying she was “terrified [she] might be here forever”.

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