Basketball star Brittney Griner freed in Russia

Brittney Griner released in Moscow in prisoner exchange

Ivan Rodriguez Gelfenstein

US President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday that the basketball player Brittney Griner, released in Russia in a trade of prisoners, he is "safe" and on a plane to return to the United States.

"He's safe, he's on a plane. He's on his way home," Biden said in a statement. tweet.

The president says that Griner, who is in 'good spirits', has been Freed, exchanged for a Russian prisoner, arms dealer, after 'intense' negotiations and after being sentenced to a 'dramatic' and unfair trial.

The 32-year-old WNBA athlete was sentenced Aug. 4 to nine years in imprisonment after being convicted of offences under the articles 228 and 229.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (possession and trafficking of drugs).

Griner, who was arrested in February this year at a Moscow airport with cannabis oil in his belongings, he has accepted his guilt and has Request for clemency, petition denied by the court.

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