Russian judge sentences US basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison

A judge in Russia has convicted and sentenced American basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling. Before the verdict was announced, Griner made a final appeal to the court. She said she had no intention to break the law by taking vape cartridges with cannabis oil into the country when she flew to Moscow in February to play basketball in the city of Yekaterinburg.

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