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Bout sentenced to minimum of 25 years by NYC court

  US judge has sentenced Russian businessman Viktor Bout to 25 years behind bars - the mandatory minimum for such charges. His defense plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

In addition to his prison term, Judge Scheindlin sentenced Bout to five years of supervised release. She also ordered him to forfeit US $15 million and immediately pay a US $400 special assessment fee.

The prosecutors had been calling for a life sentence for Bout. However, the judge said there was no proof he had been looking to deal with terrorist groups or kill Americans. She also said Bout had not been an active arms dealer since 2003.

The 25-year imprisonment that Viktor Bout has been sentenced to is in connection with the third count – the acquisition and use of anti-aircraft weapons.


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