Thursday, February 2, 2023

Brittany Griner is recovering in a Texas hospital after her release

US basketball player Brittney Griner, who was released on Thursday in a prisoner swap between Washington and Moscow, is undergoing various medical tests at a Texas hospital before returning to normal life, organization spokesman John Kirby said on Sunday. . the White House.

Griner is at Brooke Military Medical Center in downtown San Antonio, “Receives relevant mental and physical care to ensure that he is ready for his reintegration into society”he told on ABC.

The player had been detained in Russia since last February, days before the Kremlin began its invasion of Ukraine, accused of drug trafficking for carrying hashish oil in his suitcase, a banned substance in the Eurasian country.

,The information we have is that he is alive and he is fineDoctors have not yet determined how long he should stay in the hospital, Kirby said.

Griner was sentenced in August to nine years in prison for drug possession and trafficking And on Thursday an agreement was announced with Russian authorities to release him in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Butt.

The pact did not include fellow American Paul Whelan, who was sentenced to 16 years for espionage.

“(The Russians) treated the espionage charges against Paul separately. We are still negotiating his release,” added the presidential spokesman, according to which in the summer Washington made a proposal “Very serious and specific“to release two, but he “Nowhere to be found.”

Kirby said they kept trying until they closed the deal on Griner and that they would continue to try to bring him back home: “We now have a better understanding of Russia’s expectations and we will continue to work on this.”He concluded.

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