The jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner has been moved to a penal colony in Russia, her authorized workforce mentioned Wednesday.
A Russian courtroom rejected her attraction of her nine-year sentence for drug possession final month.
“Brittney was transferred from the detention heart in Iksha on the 4th November. She is now on her strategy to a penal colony. We wouldn’t have any data on her actual present location or her closing vacation spot,” the assertion from her authorized workforce mentioned.
White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned, “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 mentioned earlier than, the US Authorities made a big provide to the Russians to resolve the present unacceptable and wrongful detentions of Americans. ”
Griner, an eight-time all-star centre with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medallist, was convicted August 4 after police mentioned 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 prison intent.
Her defence workforce introduced written statements that she had been prescribed hashish to deal with ache.