WNBA star Brittney Griner's preliminary hearing was held in Moscow on Monday morning, her lawyer Alexander Boykov confirmed with ABC News.
Grinner was detained on February 17 at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia after being accused of carrying an arc cartridge containing hashish oil, which is illegal in Russia.
The US State Department said Greener was "unjustly detained" in Russia. This allows the United States to negotiate her release.
Russia has announced multiple extensions of pretrial detention, the latest detaining 31 years old until July 2, ABC News reported. If she is convicted, she will face up to 10 years in prison.
WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner hears After the meeting, I will leave the courtroom, May 13, 2022, in Kimki, a suburb of Moscow.
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"This Our position on this was very clear for some time. Brittney Griner should not be detained. She should not be detained for more than a day, "said Ned, a state ministry spokesperson. Price is June 14th press briefing.
Grinner's wife, Sherel Grinner, told The Associated Press last week that the Associated Press had a"Zero Trust"on the handling of her wife's detention.
"I don't think it's acceptable and so far I don't trust the government at all," she said.
She said, "If you can't trust to answer Saturday's phone after business hours, how can you believe that you're actually negotiating to go home on behalf of her wife? Saturday? "Telephone," she said.
A State Department spokesman regretted the incident and told ABC News that it was caused by a "logistic error."
ABC News's Mark Osborne, Deena Zaru, and Tanya Stukalova contributed to this report.