Bout doubtful his verdict to be appealed and reconsidered in U.S.
NEW YORK, November 9 - RAPSI. Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who was found guilty last week on all accounts, does not believe the new jury will pass a fair verdict in his case if his appeal is satisfied by the court.
"I don't believe the new jury will return a "not guilty" verdict in my case. The charges brought against me sound too terrible for ordinary Americans and state attorneys spent so much time and efforts. I was extradited to the United States to be convicted rather than acquitted," Alla Bout quoted her husband as saying specially for RIA Novosti during their first communication after the jury passed a guilty verdict.
Bout was allowed to talk to his wife for an hour.
Bout's family said earlier it would challenge the verdict on the ground that at least one member of the jury was provided with only a one-sided information about the defendant based on the Lord of War film she saw before the trial. She mentioned it in her interview to the New York Times.
"The only thing I hope on is the good will of my country, my government and my fellow countrymen," Alla Bout quoted her husband.
The jury returned guilty verdicts on all four accounts related to a conspiracy to kill Americans and U.S. officials, illegal acquisition and export of surface-to-air missiles, and support of terrorism through cooperation with the Colombian guerilla organization FARC. The court is expected to pass a sentence to Bout on February 8. He faces from 25 years to life in prison.