Griner case: Defense argues cannabis use is curative and medically authorized

At a hearing adjourned one day, from July 14 to 15, attorney María Blagovolina said the authorization was issued by the Arizona state Ministry of Health.

Brittney Griner there was a third court hearing and the testimony of the director of the women’s group was heard UMMC of Ekaterinburg, Maxim Rybakovand his teammate, the player Evgenia Belyakova. The interrogation of the American basketball player passes for Tuesday of next week.

The testimonials of the manager and player EMMC Yekaterinburg they were like balm for the situation Griner was living in. “Our job now is to tell the court his (Griner) qualities as an athlete, as a person; say that she has been an important player in the success of the Ekaterinburg club and in women’s basketball in Russia in general “Rybakov said.

“Today is the first day we have seen our basketball player since February. Thank God he feels good and looks good ”Rybakov added out of court in Khimki in the presence of the media.

Player Evgenia Belyakova said she confirmed that “Brittney has always been a great teammate, so my role here is just to be with her, to support her. We miss him so much, we miss his energy. I am happy to see him, and I hope to end this trial with a positive decision. ”

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Griner pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis a week ago and said he did not want to violate Russian laws, that the possession of a prohibited substance, less than a gram of cannabis, was due to his haste in packing his luggage.

That guilty plea could also be framed on the need to expedite negotiations for a possible prisoner exchange.

According to some versions of the press, Russia and the United States are in talks on replacing the player for the Russian arms dealer. Victor Butknown as the “businessman of death” and serving a sentence in an American prison. For that reason coming to Russia Former US Representative to the UN Bill Richardsonto try to free Griner and Paul Whelanan ex-marine serving a 16-year prison sentence for espionage.

But serves 25 years in prison for, among other crimes, conspiring to kill U.S. citizens and selling weapons to the former Colombian FARC guerrilla organization.

One of But’s American lawyers, Steve Zissoexpressed that he was confident that during Richardson’s possible stay in Moscow “They will make it clear to you that any exchange of citizens must include Viktor But.”

Russia wants to cooperate in an exchange of prisoners

“We call on the U.S. authorities not to speculate on such a sensitive matter, which affects the fate of particular people. We recommend that they give up any attempt to pressure us and we urge them to focus on the practical. work through established channels, ”he said. The spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zajavova.

“Work concretely? We are prepared for it. Self-promotion or information campaigns is their option, but we will not participate in that,” he said.

With information from EFE

Brittney Griner with a photo of the WBNA All-Star Game

Griner received a photo showing the participants WNBA All-Star Game in his jersey for the entire second half of the match. During the event, they requested his early homecoming.

Brittney Griner

Step-by-step case of Brittney Grinner

Source: Tycsports

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