On Thursday, a Russian court found Brittany Griner guilty of drug trafficking and attempted possession. According to CNN, Guilty verdict says Britney had criminal intent When he tried to enter the country carrying less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in his luggage.
Before sentencing, Russian prosecutor asked the court To consider giving the WNBA star 9.5 years into his finale. Shortly after news of the verdict broke, Brittany’s lawyers confirmed that the Russian court had accepted prosecutors’ request. As a result, she was nine years in prison In a penal colony, Peru new York Times.
Brittany apologizes before verdict and denies criminal intent
This decision comes after Britney Convicted in early July, At that time, she said, “I want to be guilty, your honor, but there was no intention, I didn’t break the law.” He spoke to the court again during Thursday’s closing arguments.
“I never meant to hurt anybody, I never meant to endanger the Russian population, I didn’t mean to break any laws here,” Brittany said. “I made an honest mistake and I hope that in your judgment it doesn’t end my life here.”
As previously reported, Brittany was detained at Moscow airport in February by customs officials. They found two vape cartridges containing hashish oil in his luggage. In May, the United States announced that Britney had been “wrongfully detained”, but this did not help her case.
Soon after news of his arrest, concerns were raised about the use of Brittany as a political prisoner by Russia. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied these allegations. Speaking through a representative named Dmitry Peskov, the president said that Brittany “violated Russian law” in relation to hash oil, and the case “is not about being held hostage.”