American basketball player Brittney Grineraccused in Russia drug possession and smuggling, pleaded guilty Thursday before a Moscow court.
The athlete, who used a translator during the Khimki Court session, admitted to all charges, although noted that he did not intend to commit a crimeaccording to the Interfax agency.
Griner explained the presence of cannabis oil in his luggage with the haste with which he packed his bags to travel to Russia.
The next hearing of the trial, in which the judgmentwill be held on July 14.
In Thursday’s session, the court took statements from two prosecution witnesses who participated in the registration of the player’s belongings at Russian customs.
The 31-year-old athlete, double world and Olympic champion with her country, was detained in February at Sheremetvo airport in Moscow after finding Customs officials among your belongings cannabis oil.
Subsequently, the basketball player was arrested for drug possession and smuggling and has been in preventive detention since then.
Previously, it was known that Russia and the United States negotiate the exchange of the player for the Russian arms dealer Víktor Butknown as the “merchant of death” and serving a sentence in an American prison.
But cumple 25 years in prisonamong other things, for plotting to kill US citizens and selling weapons to the former Colombian FARC guerrilla organization.
Recently, Russia and the United States exchanged the American student Trevor Reed, sentenced to nine years in prison for resisting arrest, for the Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenkosentenced in the US to 20 years for drug smuggling.
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