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MOSCOW — Jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty Thursday to drug possession and smuggling throughout her trial close to Moscow however stated she had had no intention of committing against the law, Russian information companies reported.

The reviews quoted Griner as saying by an interpreter on the court docket listening to that she had acted unintentionally as a result of she was packing in haste.

Griner’s trial started final week amid a rising refrain of requires Washington to do extra to safe her freedom practically 5 months after her arrest.

Earlier than Thursday’s listening to, Russian police escorted Griner, handcuffed and clad in a vivid purple T-shirt and sports activities trousers, into the courtroom previous a crowd of journalists.

The athlete was detained in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after vape canisters with hashish oil have been allegedly present in her baggage. She faces as much as 10 years in jail if convicted of large-scale transportation of medication.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing.

Brittney Griner returns to a Russian court docket on Thursday amid a rising refrain of requires Washington to do extra to safe her launch practically 5 months after being arrested on drug costs.

(Alexander Zemlianichenko / Related Press)

Brittney Griner holds a water bottle and photos as she is escorted to a courtroom

Brittney Griner holds a water bottle and pictures as she is escorted to a courtroom in Khimki, simply outdoors Moscow, on Thursday.

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Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom in Khimki, outside Moscow.

Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom in Khimki, outdoors Moscow.

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Griner has been held in Russia for almost five months.

Griner has been held in Russia for nearly 5 months.

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Brittney Griner enters the court

Brittney Griner enters the court docket in Khimki, Russia, for her trial on Thursday.

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Griner is escorted to a courtroom

Brittney Griner was detained at a Moscow airport in February.

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Cherelle Griner, the wife of Brittney Griner, speaks during a rally to support the release of Britney Griner.

Cherelle Griner, spouse of Brittney Griner, speaks throughout a rally Wednesday in Phoenix to help Griner’s launch.

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A supporter holds up signs during a rally in Phoenix to support Brittney Griner's release.

A supporter holds up indicators throughout a rally Wednesday in Footprint Heart in Phoenix to help Brittney Griner’s launch.

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Supporters pose with a mural depicting Brittney Griner following a rally

Supporters pose with a mural depicting Brittney Griner after a rally at Footprint Heart in Phoenix to help the athlete’s launch.

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Players, coach and general manager from the Phoenix Mercury attend a rally to support the release of Brittney Griner

Phoenix Mercury gamers, coach and basic supervisor attend Wednesday’s rally calling for the discharge of Brittney Griner.

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Supporters hold up signs reading "Bring Brittney Home" during a rally to support the release of Britney Griner.

Supporters ship a transparent message at Wednesday’s rally in Phoenix.

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