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Bout sentence ‘unacceptable, politically motivated’ – Russia


The Russian Foreign Ministry has lashed out at the sentence of Viktor Bout, who was given a 25-year jail term by a US court. Moscow called it “unacceptable” and said it exposed the “bias” of the American judicial system.

The sentence is “absolutely unacceptable, biased and not objective” the ministry’s envoy for human rights and democracy, Konstantin Dolgov, told Itar-Tass news agency.

“It’s even more outrageous that this is not the first politically-motivated sentenced lacking a foundation of evidence; not the first case when the rightful interests of Russian citizens are violated by the American authorities,” the Russian official stressed.

The diplomat said Bout was de facto kidnapped on the territory of a third country for his extradition to the US. The trial process was just as flawed, he believes.

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