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Viktor Bout: My case is political, rather than criminal

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The trial of Viktor Bout

American jury found Russian businessman Viktor Bout guilty 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.

However, Bout denied all charges. The jury returned a verdict unanimously in accordance with the legal practice of the United States.

Bout faces from 25 year to life in prison

18:49 13/02/2012 Media have dubbed Russian citizen Viktor Bout an arms baron. He is now in jail in New York without any hope for an acquittal. His motions have been denied and the court will hand down his sentence on March 12. Bout spoke with RIA Novosti correspondent Larisa Sayenko about his case and shared his views on the situation in the United States and Russia. More »
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