Special diet organized for Viktor Bout in U.S. prison
NEW-YORK, November 29 - RAPSI. The administration of New York's ward, where Bout has been kept for about a year, has finally started giving him dietary food, Bout's defense attorney Andrei Garkusha told RIA Novosti.
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. Bout denies his guilt.
"The prison kitchen chef asked Bout about his preferences and was surprised to find out that Bout is a strict vegetarian," said Garkusha, who regularly visits Bout in prison.
In the United States, Bout follows a vegan diet, which means he eats no animal food. This is why Bout and his family complained several times about diet problems. By law prisoners are provided diets in accordance with their medical prescription, religion or ethical beliefs.
"Viktor did not complain about the lack of food, he was just given the food he does not eat. For instance, during the three-week trial he was given ham sandwiches and milk. But you should understand that this is inedible for Bout," Garkusha said.
Now Bout's meals consist of cereals, vegetables and fruits.
"He is given three apples and two oranges a day," the defense's representative said.