Jailed US basketball star Brittney Griner has been moved to a penal colony in Russia, her authorized crew has stated.
It comes after a Russian courtroom rejected an attraction in opposition to her nine-year jail sentence for drug possession final month.
“Brittney was transferred from the detention centre in Iksha on 4 November. She is now on her strategy to a penal colony,” a press release from her authorized crew stated.
“We do not need any data on her precise present location or her closing vacation spot.”
The Ladies’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (WNBA) participant was arrested at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow on 17 February as she made her approach again to Russia to play for UMMC Yekaterinburg, in the course of the US WNBA low season.
She was convicted on 4 August after police stated they discovered vape canisters containing hashish oil in her baggage.
The US authorities says Griner, 32, was wrongfully detained.
It has supplied to alternate her for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms seller serving a 25-year jail sentence within the US.
On Wednesday, White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a press release saying: “Each minute that Brittney Griner should endure wrongful detention in Russia is a minute too lengthy.
“Because the administration continues to work tirelessly to safe her launch, the president has directed the administration to prevail on her Russian captors to enhance her remedy and the circumstances she could also be compelled to endure in a penal colony.
“As we’ve stated earlier than, the US authorities made a major supply to the Russians to resolve the present unacceptable and wrongful detentions of Americans.”
Griner, who was additionally a centre for WNBA Western Convention crew Phoenix Mercury and is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, stated she had made an “sincere mistake” by getting into Russia with hashish oil – which is prohibited within the nation – and didn’t intend to interrupt the legislation.
Her defence crew offered written statements that she had been prescribed hashish to deal with ache.
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