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Russian Citizen Bout’s Defense to Submit Appeal to US Court Friday

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Attorney Alexei Tarasov said that the defense team representing Russian businessman Viktor Bout will submit an appeal to US court on Friday.

NEW YORK (Sputnik) — The defense team representing Russian businessman Viktor Bout will submit an appeal to US court on Friday, Attorney Alexei Tarasov said.

"We will put forward a complaint that the district judge wrongly did not allow us to raise this issue and wrongly dismissed the request for a new trial," Tarasov said on Monday. "This will happen on Friday, the maximum period of time when we can do it."

On October 26, US District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled to not overturn Bout’s conviction.

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Tarasov plans to submit the appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in hopes that the court will reopen the case.

On Monday, Scheindlin said that a UN Security Council resolution that lifted sanctions against Bout on September 2 cannot be accepted as new evidence in an effort to overturn his conviction.

Bout was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 in a joint operation between Thailand and the United States, which accused him of conspiring to kill US soldiers by allegedly agreeing to supply Colombian militants with weapons.

The Russian businessman was extradited to the United States in November 2010 after a protracted legal battle. He is currently held at a medium-security prison in Marion, Illinois.

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