Russia files legal brief to US Supreme Court in support of Bout’s case review

Russia files legal brief to US Supreme Court in support of Bout’s case review
Viktor Bout

The document was filed in support of Bout’s defense team’s petition to review his case.

Russia has filed an amicus curiae brief to the US Supreme Court in support of review of Russian citizen Viktor Bout's case, according to Bout's attorney Alexey Tarasov as quoted by the RIA Novosti News Agency.

Tarasov said he knew the document was in development but did not participate in the process. Tarasov said the brief brings up "norms of international law, in particular, extraterritorial jurisdiction." The Court will decide whether to allow revision of the case or not around March 31.

May we remind you that Bout’s defense team appealed his sentence on February 22. Bout was given a 25 year long custodial sentence for a conspiracy to sell weapons to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in April of 2012. The FARC has been classified as a terrorist organization by the US government.⁠

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