MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The hearing behind closed doors was initially scheduled for Thursday and would deal with Bout talking to an RT reporter who had not been included in the list of approved contacts.
"Viktor has just called me and said what he had been told, that the hearing scheduled for today is put off for two weeks, until August 10. The reasons behind the delay are unknown, Viktor was not informed about them. He was told, however, that the decision will be taken by a prosecutor specially summoned from Kansas," Alla Bout said.
Bout was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 in a joint operation between Thai and US authorities on charges of conspiring to kill US nationals by allegedly agreeing to supply Colombian rebels with weapons. In 2010, he was extradited to the United States where he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
In April, the US Supreme Court decided not to review Bout's case, despite the fact that his defense team filed the appropriate request in February.
In May 2016, the judge who sentenced Bout said that the verdict in the case was excessive and inappropriate, adding that the arrest took place after a false-flag intelligence operation against Bout.