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Business Tip: no reason to set aside the verdict

On Saturday Prosecutors in New York urged the court to dismiss the appeal the ruling of the U.S. court against the Russian businessman, Viktor Bout, who was convicted of arms trafficking and jailed in the United States.

In a long document of 27 pages signed by the attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, the prosecution sought the court to “dismiss the appeal on all counts.”

In 2008, Viktor Bout was arrested  in a hotel in the Thai capital, Bangkok, for trying to sell an arsenal of guns and air-surface missiles to U.S. intelligence agents posing as guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as a terrorist organization by Washington.

On November 16, 2010, Viktor Bout, who denies all the charges against him, was extradited to the United States after a long legal battle between Russia and the U.S., which has provoked strong protests from Moscow.

On November 2, 2011, Mr. Bout was convicted by a federal jury of all charges against him, including wanting to sell an arsenal of guns and missiles worth an army and intended to kill Americans. He is punishable by a sentence of 25 years imprisonment and life imprisonment.

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