U.S. suspends Bout's sentencing again
NEW-YORK, March 22 - RAPSI. The New York court has postponed the sentencing of Viktor Bout until April 5, according to the court's press service.
This is the second time the sentencing has been delayed. It was originally scheduled for March 12, but U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin postponed the date at the Viktor Bout defense's request.
The court did not specify the reasons for the delay this time. Earlier Bout's counsel pointed out that the Attorney's Office did not provide their sentencing memorandum and the defense would require time to read it and file counter arguments.
The 45-year-old former Russian military officer, known as the Merchant of Death, was arrested in Thailand in March 2008 in a sting operation led by U.S. agents and extradited to the United States in November 2010 after spending more than two and a half years in Thai prisons.
On November 2 the jury of the Federal District Court of New York unanimously found Bout guilty of conspiring to kill U.S. officials and citizens, of acquiring and intending to use anti-aircraft missiles and providing support to terrorists.
Bout was recently moved to the Brooklyn prison's general population after being held in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan since his extradition from Thailand 15 months ago.
Bout, who has denied all charges against him, faces up to life in prison.