WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden spoke Wednesday with the spouse of detained WNBA participant Brittney Griner, who’s on trial in Russia, and guaranteed her that he is working to win Griner’s freedom as quickly as potential, the White Home stated.
Biden’s dialog with Griner’s spouse, Cherelle Griner, adopted Brittney Griner personal appeal to the president in a handwritten letter from the basketball participant the White Home obtained on Monday. Within the letter, Griner acknowledged her fears that she would spend without end in detention in Russia and requested Biden to not “overlook about me and the opposite American Detainees.”
Griner has been detained for 4 months and is presently on trial in Russia, accused of possessing vape cartridges containing hashish oil.
“The President known as Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to safe Brittney’s launch as quickly as potential, in addition to the discharge of Paul Whelan and different U.S. nationals who’re wrongfully detained or held hostage in Russia and around the globe,” the White Home stated in a press release. “He additionally learn her a draft of the letter the President is sending to Brittney Griner right now.”
Biden provided his assist to the household and dedicated to creating positive they obtain “all potential help” whereas the administration pursues steps to win Brittney Griner’s launch, the White Home stated.
Griner is within the midst of a trial in Russia that started final week after she was arrested on Feb. 17 on expenses of possessing hashish oil whereas returning to play for her Russian workforce. The trial is scheduled to renew Thursday.
Fewer than 1% of defendants in Russian prison instances are acquitted, and in contrast to in U.S. courts, acquittals could be overturned.