Bout's motion for verdict reversal dismissed
NEW-YORK, February 9 - RAPSI. A New York district court rejected on Thursday the motion for reversing the guilty verdict against Russian businessman Viktor Bout, RIA Novosti reported from the courtroom on Thursday.
Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and further extradited to the United States. The United States has charged Bout with conspiring to kill Americans and U.S. officials, illegal surface-to-air missile trafficking, and supporting terrorism through cooperation with the Colombian guerilla organization FARC.
Bout challenged the guilty verdict arguing that the accusations leveled against him were not supported by case materials.
Bout's defense attorney Albert Dayan based the motion on the absence of direct evidence in support of conspiring with an intent to kill Americans and U.S. officials.
Bout, who has never admitted to the crime, faces from 25 years to life in prison.