Brittney Griner is fighting back in her drug case in Russia — formally filing an appeal of her conviction in the foreign country, days after she was sentenced to 9 years behind bars there.
Griner’s attorney confirmed the filing to CNN on Monday. It’s not immediately known what the grounds of the appeal are, or when it will be heard in court.
WNBA Star Brittney Griner Reportedly Detained In Russia On Drug Charge, Could Face 10 Yrs
The move, though, was expected — after Griner was convicted and sentenced on Aug. 4. The WNBA superstar admitted to having hashish oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport, but she told a courtroom she packed it inadvertently and had no intentions at all of breaking the law.
Regardless of the appeal process, the U.S. — which has called Griner wrongfully detained — is continuing attempts to strike a prisoner swap deal with Russia in order to bring the 31-year-old home.
“I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates,” Biden said following her conviction earlier this month.
“My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.”
Griner has been locked up in Russia since mid-February.
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