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Russia denies that there is “political motivation” in the trial against basketball player Brittney Griner

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El trial in Russia against American basketball player and Olympic and world champion Brittney Griner, charged with drug smuggling started this friday in the Khimki court, a satellite city of Moscow.

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The room was allowed to enter only two foreign journalists, both Anglo-Saxonwhich led to protests from the media that came to cover the hearing, in which it is expected that the prosecution filed charges and the order of the trial is established.

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Griner, 31 years olda player for UGMK Yekaterinburg, was arrested on February 17 at Sheremetvo airport in Moscow when customs officials found in his suitcases cannabis oil and proceeded to his arrest.

He faces 10 years in prison

The American, who has played for the Russian team since 2015, can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for drug smuggling. The family of the basketball player has addressed the president of the United States, Joe Bidento achieve Griner’s release, while both the WNBA and NBA They have also turned to demand their release.

The Griner’s arrest occurred in moments of great tension between Moscow and Washington, which has raised suspicions about the possible political motivation of the case. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskovdenied today that the criminal proceedings against the basketball player have a political background.

The facts show that the famous sportswoman was detained with prohibited substances containing narcotics. The case cannot be politically motivated

Dmitri Peskov (Kremlin Speaker)

“I cannot comment on the work of Justice. The facts show that the famous athlete was arrested with prohibited substances that contained narcotics,” Peskov said in his daily press conference, adding that it is a crime punishable by law. Therefore, he said, the case “cannot be politically motivated”.

“I insist, This is just a verification of what she was arrested with and what our legislation contemplates. Verdicts are issued by the court,” Peskov said.



Source: www.marca.com

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