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Sentencing date for Bout may be postponed

13:30 03/02/2012

NEW YORK, February 3 - RAPSI. Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of Federal District Court has not changed the sentencing date for Russian businessman Viktor Bout, which was set for February 8, the court's spokeswoman said.

However, the judge never replied to the parties' petitions submitted after the verdict was passed by the jury. The latest petition was submitted to the federal court on January 20, the spokeswoman said.

It is not yet clear whether the applications will be examined before February 8, if not, the sentencing date will be postponed, she said.

Bout was arrested in Thailand in March 2008 during a sting operation led by U.S. agents and extradited to the United States in November 2010 after spending more than two and half years in Thai prisons.

The United States have charged Bout with conspiring to kill Americans and US officials, illegal surface-to-air missile trafficking, and supporting terrorism through cooperation with the Colombian guerilla organization FARC.

Bout has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The case hearings started in October.

The punitive measure to Bout will be defined at the February 8, 2012, hearing. He may face up to 25 years in prison.

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