USA: Viktor Bout, extradited from Thailand, passes one year in solitary confinement-VOR

February 11, 2012

[FACT comments: Thailand stinks over the Bout case. We compromised our national sovereignty to bend over for the Americans with no Vaseline. We sent a foreign national to a third country for something which was not a crime in Thailand.]

Bout’s lawyer asks court to revise his prison conditions

Voice of Russia: February 8, 2012

Russian businessman Victor Bout’s lawyer Albert Dayan on Tuesday filed a motion in a New York court with a request to change the Russian’s prison conditions. Victor Bout has been in solitary confinement for over a year.

“His isolation in a cell is similar to the unbearable conditions of imprisonment of Count Monte Cristo,” the lawyer drew an analogy with the literary hero of Alexandre Dumas. The lawyer referred to conditions of Bout’s detention in New York as “barbarian,” compared to those of the Thai prison where Bout spent about two years.

In November a jury found Bout guilty of an attempt to purchase and sell missiles, and of supporting terrorism through cooperation with the group “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.”

The Russian businessman was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and extradited to the United States. He faces 25 years to life imprisonment. Bout insists he is not guilty.


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