Ukraine, confirmed on appeal 9-year sentence for Griner

White House: “Another farce condemnation”

The court of Krasnogorsk, near Moscow, rejected the appeal filed by the lawyers of the former American basketball player, Brittney Griner, sentenced in first instance to nine years in prison on charges of possession and drug trafficking. According to the court, this is a conviction ” fair ” and therefore confirmed it on appeal. Speaking on video link, Griner apologized for what she called ” a naive mistake ” and said she was ” very, very stressed ”.

The woman’s lawyer, Alexander Boykov, told the court that “no judge will be able to honestly say that Griner’s nine-year sentence is in line with Russian criminal law.”

The White House condemns Brittney Griner’s new “farce condemnation”, calls for “immediate release” from Moscow, and reiterates that the Biden administration is making “every effort” to secure the basketball star’s release. In a statement, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan talks about the “intolerable circumstances, in which Griner will continue unjust detention after facing over one more sham court case.”

Recalling that Joe Biden has always been clear in calling for “immediate release”, Sullivan points out that the administration “in recent weeks, has continued to converse with Russia through every available channel and make every effort to bring Brittney home and ask. the release of the other Americans detained in Russia, including Paul Whelan “.

“The president has shown that he is willing to go very far and make difficult decisions to bring Americans home,” he concludes, with what appears to be a reference to prisoner exchanges, noting that the White House is “in regular contact with families and continues to admire their courage in the face of these unimaginable circumstances “.