“The court granted the request for investigation and extended the period of detention of US citizen Griner until May 19,” the court said, according to TASS.
The source added that the Russian investigation is ongoing and no trial date has been set.
According to Russian authorities, the double Olympic gold medalist was arrested on allegations of drug trafficking in large quantities of narcotics at a Moscow airport. U.S. Representative Colin Allred of Texas said she was arrested on February 17.
“There have been many allegations of planting substances on people, especially from human rights advocates,” says Peter Maggs, a University of Illinois law professor and code expert. Russian civilian.
In February, the State Department warned Americans against traveling there, noting arrests of US citizens on “false charges”.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is making everything more difficult, observers say.
TASS also cited Ekaterina Kalugina, who it said represented Moscow’s Public Monitoring Commission (ONK), which observes the treatment of prisoners.
A court lawyer said Griner should be placed under house arrest because their prison beds are a foot too short for Griner, who is 6-foot-9, according to Russian news service RIA Novosti.
According to TASS, Kalugina visited Griner in his remand center. Kalugina also reportedly said the US consul did not visit the 31-year-old, despite the Russian authorities’ willingness to “create all the conditions” for their visit.
Earlier this month, Allred told ESPN that Griner had not been granted consular access – a circumstance he called “really unusual.”
The US State Department official told CNN on Thursday that Russia must provide consular access to Griner and all US citizens detained in Russia, including those in pretrial detention.
“We have repeatedly requested consular access to these detainees and have always been denied access,” the official said. “Russia must meet its legal obligations and allow us to provide consular services to US citizens detained in Russia.”
On Wednesday, former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton became the latest US politician to call for her release, sharing a post about Griner with the caption “Free Brittney” in a Twitter post.
Griner plays for Russian team UMMC Yekaterinburg. Griner has played with the team since 2015 during the WNBA offseason. In five games this season, she averaged 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
In 2014, Iranian American journalist Jason Rezaian was detained in Tehran and spent 544 days in Iran’s notorious Evin prison.
The Washington Post reporter was finally released in January 2016, and he says he sees many parallels between his case and Griner’s.
“This is the most daring hostage-taking by any state imaginable,” Rezaian told CNN.
“I know from my own case that the alleged charges against me were not based in reality, and they were used to perpetuate a narrative about why I was being held.”
Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, has publicly called for Brittney’s release.
USA Basketball, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the Phoenix Mercury and the WNBA Players Union have all publicly shared their concerns for Griner.
CNN’s Rosa Flores contributed to this report.