A drug trial has begun in a Russian court against US basketball player Britney Greener. Twice Olympic gold medalist Britney Greener arrived in a courtroom on the outskirts of the Russian capital on Friday for a trial after she was arrested in Russia in February this year for allegedly finding drugs in her luggage. US embassy officials were also present when the 31-year-old American athlete appeared in court. Elizabeth Greener, the US Secretary of State, told reporters that Greener had been wrongfully detained.
Drug trial of Britney Greener begun in a Russian court
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the notion of political motives behind the arrest of the American athlete.
“We can only talk about the facts and the facts are that the American athlete was detained with illegal drugs,” he said.
Russian law provides for punishments for crimes that only the courts have the power to impose. According to US officials, Britney Greene is one of two U.S. citizens currently being held in illegal Russian custody.