Russian Viktor Bout
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The court of appeal refused Manhetenna Victor bout holding a new trial. In 2012, the Russian was sentenced to 25 years in prison
The second circuit court of appeals Manhetenna refused to reconsider the criminal case of Russian citizen Viktor bout, who in 2012 was sentenced to 25 years in prison. About it reports Reuters, citing court documents.
The court of appeal felt that the new materials presented in the case are not evidence of his innocence. In the opinion of the Board, the trial judge did not abuse their position by refusing to hold a new trial in the case of Russian.
The Agency said that the Bout is seeking a retrial, said that he could not come to terms with a former business partner of Andrew Smolana because he already was an informant of the office for combating drug abuse. However, the appellate court found that the proposed evidence could confirm only that the Agency “considered Smulyan as a way to reach the booth”.
Lawyer bout Alexey Tarasov has not yet commented on Reuters the court’s decision. However, in an interview with TASS Tarasov said that the defense does not agree with the decision of the court. In comments to “RIA Novosti” he said that the court dismissed the appeal with the wording, “almost all the evidence is not newly discovered circumstances”.
The lawyer said that “the only possible future course of the Supreme court of the United States”. Tarasov stressed that “the defense reserves the right to use the arguments based on the UN”.
Russian foreign Ministry Commissioner on human rights Konstantin Dolgov in an interview with “RIA Novosti” said that Moscow was disappointed by the court’s decision in new York. He called the case “politically motivated”.
“Once again, American justice has shown bias in this case against a Russian citizen, whose rights and legitimate interests are violated by U.S. authorities since his illegal arrest in Thailand”, — said Dolgov.
Employee of the Russian foreign Ministry assured that the Ministry will continue to do everything possible to achieve the return of the Russians.
Viktor bout was detained in Bangkok in 2008, later he was extradited to the United States. The court accused him of selling guns to the American government informants, who posed as representatives of the “Revolutionary army of Colombia”. This organization is recognized in the United States a terrorist. In 2012, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Booth is serving a sentence in prison in Illinois.
In early may, was sentenced to imprisonment by judge Shira scheindlin said that she considers her verdict excessive. However, she stressed that the punishment is considered the minimum one of the articles of charges. Sheindlin said that does not justify the Russians, however, expressed the opinion that booth involved in the case, “offering him a lot of money.”