Bout's lawyer drops plans to appeal U.S. court ruling
The defense team of Russian citizen Viktor Bout sentenced by a U.S. court to 25 years in prison will not appeal this decision at the Supreme Court of the United States, his lawyer said.
"It is known that lawyers have no obligation to tell the truth for professional reasons. We are not searching for the truth. Similarly, when I was talking about my plans to appeal at the Supreme Court, that was misinformation," Bout's lawyer Alexei Binetsky told a press conference at Interfax on Friday.
"When I insisted on the Bout case being removed from the appellate procedure, and at the same time said that we shall appeal to the Supreme Court, it was clear there were contradictions. At a certain point we have to say certain words to make our procedural adversaries feel like we do not understand very well what we want. We succeeded," he said.
The mechanism of defending Bout will be "the legal procedures connected to certain political structures," he said.
"How it will look, I shall only be able to say once the financing is formed for a new team of lawyers. This will happen in the very near future," the lawyer said.
In October 2013 I wrote a letter to the Russian presidential administration asking for the allocation of a $1.5 million in aid to provide legal assistance to the convicted Russian, Binetsky told Interfax earlier.
Viktor Bout was arrested in Bangkok in March 2008 at U.S. request and handed over to U.S. authorities in November 2010. A year later 12 jurors in a federal New York court unanimously found the Russian guilty of conspiring to sell weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) listed by the U.S. as a terrorist organization. In April 2012 Bout was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment.
Bout is serving the sentence at the Marion prison in the U.S. state of Illinois 500 kilometers from Chicago. The 46-year-old Russian is being held in the so-called Communication Management Unit. In this unit, inmates' communication with the outside world is closely monitored by the administration.
An appellate court upheld the 25-year prison sentence imposed on the Russian businessman.