(CNN) — A Moscow court announced that it extended the detention of the American basketball star Brittney Griner until May 19, according to the Russian state news agency TASS.
“The court granted the request of the investigation and extended the detention period of the US citizen Griner until May 19,” the court was quoted as saying by TASS.
According to the Russian authorities, the double Olympic gold medalist was arrested on charges of smuggling large amounts of narcotic substances at a Moscow airport. US Congressman Colin Allred said she was arrested on February 17.
TASS also quoted Ekaterina Kalugina, whom it said represented the Moscow Public Control Commission (ONK), which monitors the treatment of prisoners.
According to TASS, Kalugina visited Griner in his pre-trial detention center. Kalugina was also quoted as saying that the US consul has not visited the 31-year-old, despite the Russian authorities’ willingness to “create all the conditions” for her visit.
Earlier this month, Allred told ESPN that Griner had not been granted consular access, a circumstance he called “really unusual.”
On Wednesday, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the latest US politician to call for her release, sharing an article about Griner with the caption “Free Brittney” in a post on Twitter.
Griner currently plays for the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg. She has played with the team since 2015 during the WNBA offseason. In five games this season she is averaging 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
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Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia extended until May 19