The verdict passed on Russian citizen Viktor bout in 2012, is excessive. A judge at the Federal district judge Shira scheindlin of Manhattan, who last week announced his resignation, said in an interview with The New York Times.
According to the judge, a 25-year prison term to which she was sentenced booth, is excessive and inappropriate. This is the minimum punishment is one of the articles of charges. “I gave gave him the most lenient sentence, which the General could not,” said she.
Sheindlin noted that Buz was, without doubt, the international arms dealer, however, at the time of the arrest, “he almost retired”. “The question was whether he was the international arms salesman and does it matter”, she explained.
The judge stressed that it “does not protect” Russians. “Nevertheless, he is a businessman. He worked in the business of selling weapons”, — said Sheindlin. According to her, it is not about the insurgent or the terrorist from “al-Qaeda” (banned in Russia), “who lives to blow up civilians in a supermarket.” Sheindlin expressed the opinion that booth “was involved” in the matter, “offering him a lot of money”.
Viktor Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008. Despite the protests of Moscow, he was extradited to the United States. There he was accused of selling weapons to the U.S. government informants who posed as representatives of the Revolutionary army of Colombia. This organization is recognized as terrorist in the United States. In November 2011, the jury unanimously found bout guilty. In 2012, scheindlin sentenced him to 25 years imprisonment.