A Russian court has sentenced U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on drug charges.
The court on Thursday “found the defendant guilty” of smuggling and possessing “a significant amount of narcotics”, Judge Anna Sotnikova said, adding that she realised Ms Grinder had already spent a long time in detention.
Ms Griner was also fined one million rubles ($16,300).
The court in Moscow convicted Ms Griner of smuggling and possessing narcotics. The prosecution had sought a nine-and-a-half year jail term.
U.S. President Joe Biden condemned the verdict and pushed for Ms Griner’s release.
“My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible,” Mr Biden said in a statement.
Ms Griner was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on February 17 when cartridges containing cannabis oil for vaping were found in her luggage; her…