A Russian court has scheduled Britney Griner’s trial to begin on Friday, her lawyer said.

According to her lawyer, a Russian court on Monday set the start of the trial of WNBA star Britney Greener for Friday.

At a preliminary hearing, the court ruled to extend Griner’s detention by six months pending trial, lawyer Alexander Boikov told CNN.

Griner has been in Russian custody since her February arrest at a Moscow airport on charges of attempted drug smuggling. The US State Department has classified the Phoenix Mercury player as “wrongfully detained,” CNN officially reported in May.

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WNBA star Britney Griner will take part in a preliminary court hearing in the Moscow region on Monday, her lawyer Alexander Boikov told CNN.
Griner has been in Russian custody since February 17 on charges of allegedly attempted drug smuggling and is officially classified as “wrongly detained” This was reported to CNN in May by a representative of the US State Department.

Boikov said the hearing was scheduled to take place behind closed doors at the Khimki court near Moscow at 7:00 am ET and 2:00 pm local time on Monday.

According to an image by AFP photographer Kirill Kudryavtsev, Griner arrived at court on Monday handcuffed and surrounded by guards wearing black tactical vests. She was wearing a gray T-shirt and glasses, as seen in the photo.

Griner’s detention, which has been repeatedly extended, has sparked a wave of support among dozens of organizations in the US that have joined Cherell Griner, Britney Griner’s wife, in calling for President Joe Biden to strike a swap deal with Russian authorities to free Griner and bring her home safe and sound. safety as soon as possible.

WNBA star Brittney Griner arrived at a hearing at the Khimki court in the Moscow region on Monday.

More than 40 organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, the National Urban League and the National Women’s Basketball Players Association signed a letter addressed to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

CNN reported last week that, according to a senior State Department official, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had a one-on-one conversation with Cherell Griner on Wednesday. Sherel said last week that she had not spoken to her wife since February 17.

Griner, 31, will remain in Russian custody until at least July 2 after a Russian court extended her detention, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported on June 15.

Last week, Griner was named an honorary member of the WNBA All-Star Game due July 10 in Chicago.