A Russian court docket has sentenced US basketball star Brittney Griner to 9 years in jail on drug costs.
She was additionally ordered to pay a wonderful of 1 million roubles (£13,430; $16,300).
Griner pleaded responsible to drug costs however has denied intentionally breaking the legislation.
The 31-year-old Olympic gold medallist was detained in February at an airport close to Moscow when vape cartridges containing hashish oil had been present in her baggage.
Hashish is prohibited in Russia.
Griner’s defence workforce mentioned they’d attraction towards Thursday’s verdict by the court docket in Khimki, close to Moscow.
US President Joe Biden mentioned in a press release that Russia was wrongfully detaining Griner and referred to as for her to be launched instantly.
It’s unclear how lengthy she is going to truly spend behind bars, because the US and Russia have been discussing a possible prisoner swap that would contain the basketball participant, the BBC’s Russia editor Steve Rosenberg says.
Studies in US media recommend imprisoned Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout – often called the Service provider of Demise – might be transferred by Washington to the Russian authorities as a part of the deal.