Brittney Griner has been in custody since February
American women’s basketball star Brittney Griner has had her detention in Russia extended by a district court. Griner has been held on drug-related offenses since mid-February after officials at Sheremetyevo Airport just outside Moscow allegedly found vape cartridges containing banned hashish oil in her luggage.
As reported by Russian media outlet TASS on Tuesday, her detention period was extended until at least July 2 with a Khimki Court representative saying the development had come at «the request of the investigation.»
In a bid to earn Griner’s freedom before she heads to court, Griner’s wife Cherelle has appealed to US President Joe Biden and his administration to step in and use his political clout after the US government classified her as «wrongfully detained» on May 3.