Experts and politicians have grave fears for the safety of American lesbian basketballer Brittney Griner, after her arrest in Russia a month ago.
Custom officials arrested the American WNBA star at an airport near Moscow on or around February 17, according to the US government.
Russian authorities accused the two-time Olympic gold medalist of having a vape cartridge containing cannabis oil in her luggage.
However a month later, very little is publicly known about Griner’s circumstances, including her current whereabouts. US politicians have said Russia has blocked US consular support for several weeks.
Jonathan Franks, who has worked with numerous American citizens in similar situations, told CNN he’s “very concerned” about Griner.
“This has a lot of hallmarks of a very wrongful and arbitrary detention,” he explained.
“I think that it’s a huge mistake to report these allegations as if they’re true or even are likely to be true.”
Franks dismissed the statement from the Russian Customs Service, accusing Griner of “smuggling significant amounts of narcotic substances”.
“They’re making her out to sound like a drug kingpin,” he said.
“I think that it is unlikely that Ms. Griner will get a fair trial, because nobody gets a fair trial in Russia. It’s a rigged game.”
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