U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner's appeal rejected by Russian court

U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner appears in court via video link in Krasnogorsk
U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner appears on a screen via video link from the detention centre during a court hearing to consider an appeal against her prison sentence, in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Region, Russia October 25, 2022. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

KRASNOGORSK, Russia, Oct 25 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner against her nine-year prison sentence for possession and smuggling of drugs.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist was arrested on Feb. 17 at a Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is banned in Russia. She was sentenced on Aug. 4 to nine years in a penal colony.

Reporting by Filipp Lebedev and Olesya Astakhova; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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