(CNN)A Russian tribunal has extended the detention of US hoops prima Brittney Griner -- held since February connected accusations of cause smuggling -- for different month, Russian authorities quality bureau TASS reported Friday.
Griner, who the US authorities has said is being wrongfully detained, volition present beryllium held astatine slightest until June 18, a tribunal successful Khimki extracurricular Moscow ruled Friday, TASS reported, citing the court's property service.
Supporters including Griner's household and the WNBA person vigorously advocated for her release, with immoderate expressing concerns Russia would usage Griner arsenic a governmental pawn amid tensions betwixt that federation and the US implicit Russia's penetration of Ukraine.
The two-time Olympic golden medalist and prima for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury was arrested successful February astatine a Moscow airport. Russian authorities said Griner had cannabis lipid successful her luggage and accused her of smuggling important amounts of a narcotic substance -- an discourtesy punishable by up to 10 years successful prison. She had been playing for a Russian squad successful the WNBA offseason.
A Russian tribunal announced successful March it had extended Griner's detention until mid-May. A proceedings day had not been set, a root adjacent to the concern told CNN astatine the time.
The US State Department has classified Griner arsenic wrongfully detained in Russia, and her lawsuit is being handled by the bureau of the US peculiar statesmanlike envoy for hostage affairs, a State Department authoritative confirmed to CNN past week. The bureau leads and coordinates the government's diplomatic efforts aimed astatine securing the merchandise of Americans wrongfully detained abroad.