WNBA star Brittney Griner is being held in Russian custody.
“Griner will remain in Russian custody through at least July 2,” Russian state-run news agency Tass reported Tuesday.
“The 31-year-old American basketball player has been held in Russia on drug-smuggling accusations since February,” reports Breitbart News.
“The U.S. Department of State last month reclassified her as wrongfully detained,” according to Breitbart News.
“The Khimki district court of the Moscow region extended Griner’s detention for a third time,” according to Breitbart News, “which also cited a top Russian diplomat as saying that Moscow will not consider including Griner in a detainee swap ‘until a court investigation into her case is completed.’
“State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Tuesday that it was his understanding that department officials learned of the extension in her detention only through Tass, which he said was problematic,” Breitbart reported.
“This case is problematic from top to bottom,” he said. “It is precisely why we have characterized Brittney Griner as an unlawful detainee. It’s precisely why we are doing everything we can to seek and to affect her prompt release from Russian detention.”
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