WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia since mid-February on alleged drug charges, has had her detention extended again, the Associated Press reported Friday.
Griner, 31, appeared for her brief hearing handcuffed, her dreadlocks covered in a red hooded sweatshirt and her face held low, the Associated Press reported.
AP reporting Brittney Griner’s detention has been extended another 30 days https://t.co/Zkfdh3u6ib— Alexis Johnson (@alexisjreports) May 13, 2022
Boykov said, "We did not receive any complaints about the detention conditions from our client."
Griner's lawyer Alexander Boikov told the AP on Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Boikov said he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial soon.
Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained on Feb. 17 at the Moscow airport after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were reportedly found in her luggage. If convicted, the charges could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, the AP reported.
The Biden administration said earlier this month that it determined Griner is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA and U.S. officials have worked toward her release, without visible progress.