Russia demands decent treatment for Viktor Bout
MOSCOW, November 9 - RAPSI. Moscow demands that Washington treat well and not humiliate the convicted arms smuggler Viktor Bout. Russia will seek to extradite him by any means possible, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said in a report posted on the ministry's website this week.
Bout was arrested in Thailand and extradited to the United States.
The jury returned guilty verdicts on all four accounts of a conspiracy to kill Americans and U.S. officials, the illegal acquisition and export of surface-to-air missiles, and the support of terrorism by cooperating with the Colombian FARC guerrilla organization. The court is expected to pass a sentence against Bout on February 8. He faces from 25 years to life in prison.
The Foreign Ministry and Russian Consulate General in New York are constantly in touch with Bout, his relatives and lawyers, the report reads.
Russia renders Bout legal and consulate assistance and demands that the United States put no physical or psychological pressure on him, as this would contradict international legal and humanitarian standards, the spokesperson said in the report.