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Bout's defense hoping for acquittal

10:01 28/10/2011

MOSCOW, October 28 - RAPSI. Viktor Bout's defense attorneys believe in a verdict of acquittal.

The United States has charged Bout with conspiring to kill Americans and US officials, illegal surface-to-air missile trafficking, and supporting terrorism through cooperation with the Colombian guerilla organization FARC.

Bout has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The case hearings started in October.

Bout's defense consultant Andrei Garkusha, when asked by RIA Novosti if he hopes for a jury's verdict of not guilty, said: "Of course, I think it possible and I hope it will be so."

According to Garkusha the jury has signed an agreement whereby they may not look for information on the Bout case anywhere, including on the Internet or in the press, neither discuss the proceedings with anyone.

Garkusha also said the verdict may be reversed if there is a proof that the jury has acted illegally during the trial.

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