FACT advises Viktor Bout’s judge on sentencing

April 5, 2012

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand


4th April 2012

The Honourable Shira A. Scheindlin

United States District Judge

U.S. District Court

Southern District of New York

United States Courthouse

500 Pearl Street

New York NY 10007-1312                  FAX: 212-805-7920

Your Honour:

Although we have had no personal contact, Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) has been closely observing the case of Viktor Bout since his arrest here in 2008.

Just yesterday I came into receipt of some pertinent information. I have been unable to reach Mr. Bout’s attorney of record, Albert Dayan, so I am taking the unusual step of sending it to you by fax in the hope it may assist you with sentencing Mr. Bout tomorrow.

I am appending my editorial comments to an article in the current issue of The New Yorker (April 9), “How Casinos in Macau China Made Siu Yun Ping Rich” by Even Osnos.

The article mentions a 2005 case which facts are identical to those of Mr. Bout. In this case, Jyimin Horng, was given a three and a half to four year sentence.

In the interest of justice and fairness, we urge you to examine this case before you make a decision on sentence.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Yours sincerely,

C.J. Hinke


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