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US basketball player Brittney Griner convicted in Russia on drug charges – video

A Moscow court has sentenced the WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison and a 1m rouble fine in a politically charged verdict that could lead to a prisoner swap with the US. Griner, who played in Russia during off-seasons from the Phoenix Mercury team, was arrested for cannabis possession at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport in February. Griner had pleaded guilty to all charges, but said the cannabis oil was prescribed for medical reasons. Her lawyer said Griner was very upset after the decision and would appeal against it, while the US deputy embassy chief in Moscow described the charges as a ‘miscarriage of justice’

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