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Bout appeals guilty verdict

10:27 19/12/2011

NEW YORK, December 19 - RAPSI. Russian businessman Viktor Bout, convicted in the United States for conspiring to kill Americans and supporting terrorism, appealed on Friday the guilty verdict returned by the U.S. jury in November.

A 20-page document was made available to RIA Novosti.

Bout's counsel Albert Dayan maintains that the prosecution failed to prove its case. In particular, Dayan refuted Bout's intention to kill Americans or U.S. officials.

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 U.S. officials, attempted missile trafficking and supporting terrorism.

The court is expected to pass a sentence to Bout on February 8. He faces from 25 years to life in prison.

Bout has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Bout appeals guilty verdict

10:27 19/12/2011 Russian businessman Viktor Bout, convicted in the United States for conspiring to kill Americans and supporting terrorism, appealed on Friday the guilty verdict returned by the U.S. jury in November.
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