US basketball star Brittney Griner appears in Russian court on drug smuggling charges

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US basketball star Brittney Griner appears in Russian court on drug smuggling charges

From CNN by Frederik Pleitgen, Anna Chernova, Chris Liakos and Tara John, CNN

The two-time US Olympic basketball gold medalist Brittney Griner went on trial at a court near Moscow on Friday, on drug smuggling charges which can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Griner, 31, a Phoenix Mercury player who plays in Russia during the WNBA's off season, was arrested February 17 at a Moscow airport, a week before Russia invaded Ukraine.

US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Elizabeth Rood, who attended Friday's hearing, reiterated that Griner had been "wrongfully detained," adding that "the practice of wrongful detention is unacceptable wherever it occurs and is a threat to the safety of everyone traveling, working, and living abroad."

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