Lawyer calls Bout's alleged ties with Ghaddafi frame up
BANGKOK, November 7 - RAPSI. The Thai defense counsel of Russian businessman Viktor Bout flatly denied the U.S. media's allegations that Bout had ties with former Libyan leader Muammar Ghaddafi, RIA Novosti reported.
Viktor Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and further extradited to the United States. He was consequently convicted by the jury trial of conspiring to kill Americans and supporting terrorism.
"These allegations make no sense. This is a frame up aimed to throw mud at the image of Viktor Bout," Bout's Thailand lawyer Lak Nitivat Vichan told RIA Novosti on Sunday.
The U.S. mass media reported on Saturday that according to some documents, found at Ghaddafi's reconnaissance department evidence that the British special service warned Ghaddafi in 2003 that his ties with Bout "may adversely affect trade relations between Libya and other countries," as Bout allegedly intended to visit Tripoli.
Vichan is sure there is no evidence of Bout's alleged cooperation with the deceased Libyan ruler.
In his comments on the verdict, Vichan said that the only thing the court managed to prove is that in the present America an individual may be convicted of murder conspiracy for his words spoken out loud and illegally recorded by an informant.