Russian human rights commissioner discusses Bout's future with US diplomats
MOSCOW, November 11 - RAPSI. The Russian Foreign Ministry's envoy on human rights, democracy and rule of law Konstantin Dolgov discussed the future of Viktor Bout with Moscow U.S. Embassy executives on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry reported.
Russian entrepreneur Viktor Bout, who was arrested in Thailand and extradited to the United States, faced his sentence last week.
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. The court is expected to pass a sentence to Bout on February 8. He faces from 25 years to life in prison.
"Russia has confirmed its principle position that the extradition of Russian citizen Viktor Bout from Thailand to the United States and the continuing unprecedented psychological pressure were unlawful. This puts in question the absence of bias in the entire trial. Special attention has been paid to the information that after the jury's verdict was published, Bout's confinement conditions have further deteriorated," the report reads.
Dolgov emphasized that Russia will continue to seek Bout's return back home using all the political, diplomatic and legal means available.