One of the violations is that the results of the exam do not contain the amount of THC in the substance researchers tested, Griner’s lawyer Maria Blagovolina said after the hearing.
“The investigation does not comply with the law in terms of the completeness of the investigation and the standards of the Code of Criminal Procedure,” forensic chemist Dmitry Gladyshev testified for the defense during the approximately two-hour hearing.
The defense also questioned Prosecutor Alexander Korablyov, who examined Griner’s cartridges from her luggage.
The 31-year-old was in the suspect’s cage in court on Tuesday. US embassy chargé d’affaires in Moscow, Elizabeth Rood, attended the hearing on Tuesday and said afterward that the US would “continue to support Miss Griner every step of the way and as long as it takes to get her to the United States.” safe.”
Griner’s next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
At the trial, Griner testified that she has a doctor’s prescription for medical cannabis and had no intention of bringing the drug to Russia. After her detention in February, she was tested for drugs and was clean, her lawyers said earlier.
US officials did not accept the request as a legitimate counter-offer, the sources told CNN, in part because the proposal was sent through an informal channel. The release of Krasikov would also be complicated because he is in German custody.
“It is a bad faith attempt to avoid a very serious offer and proposal made by the United States and we urge Russia to take that offer seriously,” said Defense Department spokesman John Kirby. , to CNN. Brittney and Paul are coming home to their families where they belong.”
Meanwhile, Griner’s trial continues, and her legal team is expected to continue to question more witnesses before moving on to closing arguments, in which the attorneys will explain why they believe Griner’s detention was mishandled. Closing arguments are expected in the coming weeks.
Lawyers plead for ‘inappropriate’ detention
Griner’s lawyers have already put forward some arguments alleging that the basketball player’s arrest was not handled properly after she was detained on Feb. 17 by staff at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Her detention, search and arrest were “inappropriate,” Alexander Boykov, one of her lawyers, said last week, noting that more details would be revealed during closing arguments.
No lawyer was present, she testified, and her rights were not explained to her. Those rights included access to a lawyer once she was detained and the right to know what she was suspected of doing. Under Russian law, she should have been advised of her rights within three hours of her arrest.
In her testimony, Griner “explained to the court that she knows and respects Russian laws and never intended to break them,” Blagovolina – a partner at Rybalkin, Gortsunyan, Dyakin & Partners – said after last week’s hearing.
The detained player testified that she was aware of Russian laws and had no intention of bringing the cannabis oil into the country, noting that she was in a hurry and “packing stress.”
Griner confirmed she has a doctor’s prescription for medicinal cannabis, said Blagovolina, which she uses to treat knee pain and joint inflammation.
“We continue to maintain that, through indiscretion, she hastily packed her suitcase and paid no attention to the fact that substances authorized for use in the United States ended up in this suitcase and arrived in the Russian Federation,” Boykov said. . of the Moscow Legal Center, said.
Griner’s family, supporters and WNBA teammates continue to express their solidarity and hope as they await the conclusion of the trial and look forward to the potential of her release.
This story was updated Tuesday with additional developments.
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Brittney Griner’s first name was misspelled.
Travis Caldwell, Dakin Andone, Kylie Atwood, Evan Perez, Jennifer Hansler, Natasha Bertrand, Frederik Pleitgen, Chris Liakos and Zahra Ullah of CNN contributed to this report.