Griner’s arrest was extended for a third time, at least until July 2, according to Russian state news.
MOSCOW, Russia – WNBA star Brittney Griner will remain in Russian custody until at least July 2, according to Russian state news.
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It is the latest extension for the Houston native who has been detained since February after being arrested in Moscow on drug charges.
Griner faces up to 10 years in prison.
In May, U.S. officials ruled that Griner was being unjustly detained in Russia in an effort to secure his release to the state more aggressively.
This is the third time Griner’s detention has been extended.
In March, a Russian court said Griner would remain until mid-May. Griner’s detention was then extended again until June 18.
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State Department officials met Monday with members of Brittney Griner’s WNBA team on the month-long arrest of the Phoenix Mercury star in Russia and the Biden administration’s efforts to secure her release.
The State Department confirmed the meeting, which was attended by officials from its specialized office defending hostages and unjustly detained Americans.
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“There’s a lot involved for him to come home safe and sound, they’re working tirelessly,” Mercury star Diana Taurasi said after the meeting in a Mercury statement. “We are here to do everything we can to amplify and maintain. BG at the forefront, which is more important than any basketball game and anything else that is happening in our lives. We want BG to get home as soon as possible, it’s the number one on our list.
The administration has previously said it is working to bring Griner and another U.S. Michigan corporate security executive, Paul Whelan, from Russia.
Brittney Griner in Russia: The arrest of WNBA stars has been extended until July 2
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