Closing arguments are scheduled to be delivered Thursday (4/8) in the trial of US basketball star Brittney Griner’s drug case in a Russian court. Griner faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
He was arrested at Moscow airport in February with what he admitted was a vape tube containing cannabis oil in his luggage.
Griner’s lawyers argued that he had no criminal intent and was prescribed marijuana to treat pain. US officials say he has been unlawfully detained.
Russian officials have said Griner violated Russian law.
In a telephone conversation last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to accept a prisoner swap that would send back to the US Griner and alleged spy Paul Whelan, who US officials say have also been unlawfully detained.
People familiar with the matter say the US proposal would include the release of arms dealer Viktor Bout to Russia. [uh/ab]