Viktor Bout's defense appeals against allegedly biased verdict
NEW YORK, November 14 - RAPSI. The defense of Viktor Bout filed on Friday an appeal with Judge Shira Scheindlin for reversing the verdict of guilty passed by the jury against Bout last week and for reviewing the case by another panel.
Viktor Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and extradited to the United States.
The jury returned guilty verdicts on all four accounts related to a conspiracy to kill Americans and U.S. officials, illegal acquisition and export of surface-to-air missiles, and support of terrorism by cooperation with the Colombian FARC guerrilla organization.
The court is expected to pass a sentence to Bout on February 8. He faces from 25 years to life in prison.
Bout has pleaded not guilty.
RIA Novosti has a copy of the appeal signed by Bout’s attorneys Albert Dayan and Kenneth Kaplan.
The defense has challenged the verdict because at least one juror received preliminary lopsided information on the defendant having watched the “Lord of War” movie, according to her New York Times interview.
She called Bout, whom she was looking at while the verdict was read out, “a very scary man”.
In view of such circumstances Dayan also requested special hearings for the jury.