Global Upfront Newspapers
America Breaking News Cover Justice Life News Sports World News

Biden Denounces Russia’s 9-year Sentence For U.S. WNBA Star Brittney Griner As ‘Unacceptable’

President Biden on Thursday called on Russia to release WNBA star Brittney Griner immediately, condemning a newly announced nine-year prison sentence for Griner as “unacceptable.”

“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney,” Biden said in a statement. “It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates.”

Biden said his administration would continue its efforts to bring Griner and Paul Whelan, another American detained in Russia, back to the United States “as soon as possible.” White House officials have said they are in regular contact with Griner’s family.

A judge in Russia on Thursday sentenced Griner to nine years in prison on charges that she illegally brought drugs into the country.

Griner, a star in the WNBA and an Olympic gold medalist, was detained for bringing vape cartridges with hashish oil into Russia in February. Griner pleaded guilty earlier this month, but she has insisted she did not intend to break the law.

While Griner’s case has had a higher profile, it has also rekindled interest in the detention of Whelan, who has been held in Russia since 2018 on spying charges that he vehemently denies. He has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

The Biden administration had previously floated a potential prisoner swap in which Griner and Whelan would be released in exchange for convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout.

Advertize With Us

See Also

2023: Four APC Governors move to draft Jonathan into Presidential race

Global Upfront

Troops kill over 20 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Lamboa, capture stockpile of weapons

Global Upfront

UK: Beware of terrorists, kidnappers in Nigeria, warns citizens against all travels to 6 Northern, 4 Niger Delta States

Global Upfront

Pregnant Rihanna Showcases Her Growing Baby Bump With A$AP Rocky at Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week

Global Upfront

Nigeria: Abductors of 60 Kaduna State worshippers demand groundnut oil, bags of rice to feed victims

Global Upfront

U.S. Court okays FG’s request to subpoena 10 U.S. banks over Jonathan, Diezani, others’ records

Global Upfront

August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition: History and Significance

Global Upfront

Agony: Afghan dad says he was forced to sell 9-year-old daughter to 55-year old man so he can buy food for family

Global Upfront

Two lorries transporting passengers concealed among livestock into Kaduna State from Kano have been intercepted and turned back.

Global Upfront

FG Messed Up War Against Terrorism, Other Criminalities – Sheikh Gumi, Counsels Incoming President To Demonstrate Action, Not Rhetoric

Global Upfront

This website uses Cookies to improve User experience. We assume this is OK...If not, please opt-out! Accept Read More