Judge to hear Bout's appeals instead of passing sentence
NEW-YORK, February 6 - RAPSI. Judge Shira Scheindlin has set February 8 for considering defense appeals in the case of Russian businessman Viktor Bout.
Earlier this date was scheduled for passing the sentence.
However, the judge has yet to respond to the appeals filed by both parties after the jury returned their verdict. The latest appeal was submitted on January 20.
Bout has challenged the guilty verdict arguing that the accusations leveled against him were not supported by case materials.
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 sentencing date will, probably, be determined at the Wednesday hearing if the court turns down the defense's arguments. Bout faces from 25 years to life in prison.
He has pleaded not guilty.