A Russian court docket has discovered Brittney Griner responsible of drug smuggling with felony intent.
The choose at Khimki court docket within the Moscow area remains to be studying out the decision. The choose is now going by way of the details of the case, the witnesses known as and their testimonies.
Some background: The 31-year-old Olympic gold medalist was arrested at a Moscow airport and accused by Russian prosecutors of attempting to smuggle lower than one gram of hashish oil in her baggage.
“I by no means meant to harm anyone, I by no means meant to place in jeopardy the Russian inhabitants, I by no means meant to interrupt any legal guidelines right here,” Griner stated within the Khimki metropolis courthouse on Thursday. “I made an sincere mistake and I hope that in your ruling that it doesn’t finish my life right here. I do know all people retains speaking about political pawn and politics, however I hope that that’s removed from this courtroom.”
“I had no intent on breaking any Russian legal guidelines,” she stated.
She pleaded responsible to drug costs final month in what her attorneys say was an try to take accountability and obtain leniency.
In closing arguments Thursday, a prosecutor requested for 9.5 years of jail time for Griner, in line with protection lawyer Maria Blagovolina, a accomplice at Rybalkin, Gortsunyan, Dyakin and Companions regulation agency.
Blagovolina argued that Griner by no means used marijuana in Russia and that she by no means had the intention of doing so. She had no have to deliver the vape cartridges to Russia, the lawyer added.