Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention has been extended for the third time. In February, the Olympic gold medalist was arrested after she was accused of carrying hashish oil in her luggage.
Over the last few months, Griner’s lawyers and representatives have worked tirelessly on getting the beloved basketball player back to the United States.
However, numerous roadblocks have unfortunately prolonged the process. Back in March, the Russian state news agency TASS reported that a Moscow court “granted the request of the investigation and extended the period of detention of the US citizen Griner until May 19.” However, a few days before the aforementioned date, Griner’s lawyer Alexander Boykov revealed troubling news regarding her detainment.
On 13 May, the Russian court extended her detention again by one month – which made her release date for 18 June. Alongside the extension news, Boykov revealed that the court’s recent decision is an indication that Griner’s case will be headed to trial soon.