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Commissioner says little hope for fair consideration of Bout’s appeal in US

February 08, 2013, 3:35 UTC+3
At the same time, Russia “will continue to press for his return home,” the diplomat wrote in his Twitter account
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MOSCOW, February 8 (Itar-Tass) – There is little hope for a fair consideration by the U.S. court of the appeal filed in the case of Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who has been sentenced in the United States for arms smuggling, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov, said.

At the same time, Russia “will continue to press for his return home,” the diplomat wrote in his Twitter account.

Bout’s American lawyer Albert Dayan filed an appeal against the guilty verdict in his defendant’s case on January 30. In a 55-page document he stated a number of arguments testifying to Bout’s innocence and unlawful actions of the U.S. law enforcement and judicial authorities.

Bout, found guilty in November 2010 of arms smuggling conspiracy, has been sentenced by a New York court to 25 years in prison.

Bout was arrested in Bangkok in March 2008 at a U.S. request and extradited to the U.S. in November 2010. He has been charged with masterminding the sale of a large shipment of arms.

Four charges were brought against him: criminal conspiracy to kill US nationals, conspiracy to kill officials in public service, criminal conspiracy to purchase and sell antiaircraft missiles and criminal conspiracy to supply weapons to terrorist groups. The Russian citizen pleaded not guilty on all the points.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it would press for Bout's return to Russia.

Bout, found guilty in November 2010 of arms smuggling conspiracy, was sentenced by a New York court to 25 years in prison.

Moscow believes that the evidence collected against Bout “is too thin to make far-reaching accusations”. The Foreign Ministry thinks that a situation where Russian citizens fall victim to U.S. justice on the basis of broad interpretation of law is unacceptable.

Bout was arrested in Bangkok in March 2008 at a U.S. request and extradited to the U.S. in November 2010. He has been charged with masterminding the sale of a large shipment of arms.

Four charges were brought against him: criminal conspiracy to kill US nationals, conspiracy to kill officials in public service, criminal conspiracy to purchase and sell antiaircraft missiles and criminal conspiracy to supply weapons to terrorist groups. The Russian citizen pleaded not guilty on all the points.

Bout is convinced that his case “is anti-Russian”. “My case is purely political. Despite the American procedures the Russian public knows the truth. My case shows the real condition of the American justice system of a police state close to dictatorship,” Bout said.

 

 

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