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WNBA star Brittney Griner’s drug trial in Russia entered its closing arguments on Thursday as she awaits her destiny after pleading responsible to hashish possession after oils derived from hashish have been found in her bag at a Moscow airport in February.
Russian prosecutors requested the courtroom at hand Griner a 9.5-year jail sentence. The protection then began its arguments. Griner faces as much as 10 years in jail.
Griner supplied an apology forward of the sentencing.
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“I need to apologize to my teammates, my membership, my followers and the town of (Yekaterinburg) for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I introduced on them,” she mentioned. “I additionally need to apologize to my dad and mom, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury group again at house, the wonderful ladies of the WNBA, and my wonderful partner again at house.”
She added: “Hope in your ruling it doesn’t finish my life.”
Griner was arrested in February forward of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, though her arrest and detention didn’t initially come to gentle till early March.
Since then, the US State Department has categorized Griner as “wrongfully detained.” During the trial, Griner acknowledged that she had the canisters along with her however had no intention of breaking the legislation. Her legal professionals have argued that Griner had no prison intent and as an alternative the cartridges containing the hashish oils by chance ended up in her baggage on account of hasty packing.
Maria Blagovolina, one among her legal professionals in Russia, argued that Griner used marijuana for medical functions. However, Russian officers have mentioned that US legal guidelines concerning hashish don’t have any bearing in Russia.
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed final week that the Biden administration supplied a “substantial proposal” for the return of the basketball participant and fellow American Paul Whelan.
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Blinken mentioned throughout a press convention that the Biden administration made the proposal weeks in the past and is hoping to talk to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the primary time since Feb. 15
Russian media has speculated the commerce might be for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms vendor referred to as the “Merchant of Death,” who’s serving a 25-year sentence within the US after being convicted of conspiracy to kill US residents and offering help to a terrorist group.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre instructed reporters Monday that Russia made a “unhealthy religion” response to the US authorities’s supply. She didn’t elaborate.
Russian officers have made it clear that no prisoner swap might occur till a conviction and sentence is handed down.
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Russia has licensed Griner’s detention till late December.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.