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Bout's Defense Team to Respond to US Prosecutors' Objections to Case Review

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The defense team of Viktor Bout, sentenced to 25 years in prison in the United States, will respond before June 2 to the prosecutors’ objections to an appeal to re-examine the case, his lawyer Alexei Tarasov said.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Last year, US District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled to not overturn Bout’s conviction, after which his defense team submitted an appeal.

"Today the prosecutors’ arguments were filed, this is a 40-page document with a 269-page addendum," Tarasov told RIA Novosti Thursday.

The lawyer said he did not see anything new or shocking in the document.

"We have an opportunity to respond within two weeks, before June 2," Tarasov added.

Bout was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 in a joint operation between Thai and US authorities, who accused him of conspiring to kill US nationals by allegedly agreeing to supply Colombian militants with weapons. Undercover agents posing as members of Colombia’s FARC rebel group were used as part of the operation.

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