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"Bout case" biased, will press for his return to Russia - Foreign Ministry

11:37 03/11/2011

MOSCOW, November 3 - RAPSI. The Russian Foreign Ministry has said the trial in the case of convicted Russian businessman Viktor Bout and the environment surrounding it undermines the prosecution case and casts doubt on the jury's verdict.

The jury found Bout guilty 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 through cooperation with the Colombian guerilla organization FARC.

However, Bout denied all charges. The jury returned a verdict unanimously in accordance with the legal practice of the United States.
Bout faces from 25 year to life in prison.

The Foreign Ministry's representative emphasized that Russian citizen Bout was illegally extradited from Thailand under the overwhelming political pressure imposed by the U.S. authorities.

The Foreign Ministry will continue advocating legal rights and interests of Russian citizen Viktor Bout, he said.

"We will do our outmost to bring him back to Russia," he added.

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"Bout case" biased, will press for his return to Russia - Foreign Ministry

11:37 03/11/2011 The Russian Foreign Ministry has said the trial in the case of convicted Russian businessman Viktor Bout and the environment surrounding it undermines the prosecution case and casts doubt on the jury's verdict.
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