Brittney Griner arrested in Russia for marijuana to ask president Joe Biden for help

Who doesn't know Brittney Griner? She is a female basketball athlete who has many achievements in the United States and the world. Currently this NBA celebrity stumbled upon a marijuana case in Russia and is being detained there. Russian authorities have accused the Tokyo Olympic gold medalist of carrying marijuana in vape cartridges, which is illegal in Russia.

In the latest trial, prosecutors summoned a narcotics expert to examine drugs found in Griner's bag. His defense attorney also summoned an expert who testified that the hearing did not comply with official rules.

Griner was arrested at the airport in the Russian capital last February for carrying a vape containing marijuana extract in his suitcase. In his letter, he said he was afraid of being imprisoned forever in Russia. Even Griner pleaded with president Joe Biden to release him as he conveyed in an official letter.

"As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without protection, my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey or any achievements, I fear I will be here forever," Griner wrote in his letter. Jazeera.

The Griner trial began in Moscow on July 1. Two witnesses were examined by prosecutors: an airport customs officer, who spoke in open court, and an unidentified witness who spoke in closed session.

Griner has pleaded guilty but said he did not know the marijuana was in his bag and accidentally placed there. He said he had no "intention" to break the law in Russia. If found guilty he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Apart from being a star of the WNBA, Griner's news of this arrest has become lively because it takes place amid rising tensions between Moscow and Washington due to Russia's war with Ukraine.

Is the US side silent? Not. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to release Griner and Paul Whelan, an American who has been imprisoned since 2018 in Russia on charges of spying.

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