MOSCOW (AP) — The jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner has been moved to a penal colony in Russia, her authorized staff stated Wednesday.
“Brittney was transferred from the detention heart in Iksha on the 4th November. She is now on her strategy to a penal colony. We would not have any info on her actual present location or her remaining vacation spot,” the assertion from her authorized staff stated.
White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “Each minute that Brittney Griner should endure wrongful detention in Russia is a minute too lengthy. Because the Administration continues to work tirelessly to safe her launch, the President has directed the Administration to prevail on her Russian captors to enhance her therapy and the circumstances she could also be compelled to endure in a penal colony. As we’ve got stated earlier than, the U.S. Authorities made a major supply to the Russians to resolve the present unacceptable and wrongful detentions of Americans. ”
Griner, an eight-time all-star heart with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted Aug. 4 after police stated they discovered vape canisters containing hashish oil in her baggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
Griner admitted that she had the canisters in her baggage, however testified that she had inadvertently packed them in haste and that she had no legal intent. Her protection staff introduced written statements that she had been prescribed hashish to deal with ache.