Jun 27, 2022 - World

Russian court sets trial date for WNBA star Brittney Griner

WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on June 27, 2022.
WNBA player Brittney Griner arrives at a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on June 27. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in court on Monday for a preliminary hearing — four months after she was arrested at a Moscow airport, AP reports.

Driving the news: Griner's court appearance in the Moscow suburb of Khimki was set to address procedural issues ahead of her trial, which on Monday was scheduled to begin July 1, per AP.

  • Griner's detention was also extended for another six months, per AP.

The big picture: Griner was detained in February after authorities said she had vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison in Russia.

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