All hope isnt lost for detained WNBA star Brittney Griner.
In accordance with CNN, the Biden Administration announced theyve wanted to exchangeViktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year prison sentence in the us, for the release of the athlete and officer Paul Whelan.
A senior administration official suggested Russia is not attentive to the offer. We start all negotiations to create home Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained with a negative actor on the other hand. We start most of these with anyone who has taken a individual American and treated them as a bargaining chip, the state said. So in a few ways, its unsurprising, even though its disheartening, when those same actors dont necessarily respond right to our offers, dont engage constructively in negotiations.
Griner testified in a Russian court on Wednesday (July 27) after pleading guilty to illegal drug charges, significantly less than three weeks hence.Grinerwas arrested at the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport on Feb. 17 to carry an illegal substance.
After her detainment, Griner called her lawyer before her phone was confiscated and prevented from talking to her legal team before next morning. At that time it felt like I had been held against my will, she said in her testimony. I asked again whats going on so when may i see my lawyer. I was then told I must be interrogated.
Per NBC News, Griner continued to inform the courts that she was cross-examined by the prosecution, which asked her whether she pleaded guilty to drug smuggling.I really do understand charges against me, I really do take responsibility for them being in my own bag, but I didnt anticipate bringing anything to Russia, she told the court.
Brittney Griners next hearing is scheduled for August 2.