Topic: Viktor Bout case
MOSCOW, November 11 (RIA Novosti)
- Russia demands ‘humane treatment’ for arms dealer Bout
- Russia expects Bout to appeal conviction in U.S. – Foreign Ministry
- Russian arms dealer Bout guilty on all charges
- Bout’s lawyers to challenge verdict based on juror’s interview
Convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout plans to ask Russian authorities to pass his case to an international court, the Kommersant daily reported.
On November 2, a jury in Federal District Court of New York found Bout, a former Russian Army officer, guilty of conspiracy to kill U.S. officials and citizens, to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles and to provide support to terrorists.
“I hope for assistance from my relatives and friends. But what can Viktor Bout do against the entire U.S. machine? Who can stand against it? I plan to ask the Russian authorities to pass my case, on my behalf, to an international court,” Bout told the newspaper.
Bout’s sentence is expected to be announced on February 8. He could receive a life sentence.
Bout was arrested in Thailand in March 2008 during a sting operation led by U.S. agents and extradited to the U.S. in November 2010 after spending more than two and half years in Thai prisons.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry earlier said it will push for Bout’s return using all available means.
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