The Russian prosecutor’s office, through Nikolai Vlasenko, requested a sentence of 9.5 years in prison for the American basketball player imprisoned in Moscow.
In a new look before the khimki court in moscow, Brittney Griner listened to the prosecution led by Nikolai Vlasenko ask questions 9.5 years in prison for him for drug possession and smuggling.
The American basketball player was arrested last February Russia for him moscow sheremetvo airport with less than one gram of cannabis oil in cartridges for electronic cigarettes.
He was brought to justice in that country and accused of large-scale drug smuggling. Now the prosecutor Nikolai Vlasenko has requested almost the maximum for the crime that gives up to 10 years in prison and that he pays a fine of one million rubles (more than 16,000 dollars). While the defense asked for his acquittal or, in the worst case, the minimum possible prison time.
“The prosecution considers that Brittney Griner’s guilt has been fully proven,” said prosecutor Nikolai Vlasenko.
In principle, Griner will have the opportunity to appear in court today, after which the judge will retire to deliberate and issue a decision.
The US Government considers that the arrest of the basketball player while crossing the border with cannabis oil is “wrong” and demanding his immediate release, like many stars of NBA and WNBA.
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinkenproposed last week to his Russian colleague, Sergei LavrovThe Griner and Paul Whelan tradesentenced to 16 years for espionage, by the “merchant of death”, Victor Butwho is serving 25 years in prison in an American prison.
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