Alla Bout's defamation suit against TV channel rejected
MOSCOW, August 29 (RAPSI) - The Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow has rejected a $1 million damages claim against Ren TV filed by the wife of Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25 year sentence in the United States, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
The network aired a documentary entitled "The Mafia of the Soviet Union" in November 2012 which referred to Viktor Bout as a "Lord of War" and a Russian mob boss.
Alla Bout has asked the court to rule that the reference to her husband in the documentary is libel and to order the network to retract it. She is also seeking moral damages in the amount of $1 million.
Ms. Bout initially filed her lawsuit on April 9, but the court sent it back for review.
A former Soviet military officer, Viktor Bout was convicted in November 2011 of conspiracy to murder US nationals, including military officers and employees, conspiring to supply man-portable anti-aircraft missiles, and selling millions of dollars worth of weapons to the Colombian rebel group FARC. Last April he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Bout has consistently denied the charges against him. Russia attempted to have Bout extradited from the United States in line with the 1983 Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, but without success.
Bout's story gained popular notoriety through the success of the Hollywood blockbuster Lord of War, a story that is said to be loosely based on Bout's life - although a highly sensationalized version of his life story.