Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his conviction on terrorism charges which resulted from a U.S. sting operation.
According to Alla Bout, Mr. Bout's spouse, “the trial was conducted properly by the judge. We acknowledge that he [Mr Bout] was sentenced to 25 years, which is the minimum term these charges involve.”
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Viktor Bout could have been sentenced to 3 life terms in prison
In New York, convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout is waiting to be transferred to a place where he will serve his 25-year sentence behind the bars for conspiring to sell weapons to a U.S. -based foreign terrorist group based in Columbia. District judge Shira Scheindlin could have sentenced Bout to 3 life terms for his conviction on four counts of conspiring to kill American citizens, sell anti-aircraft missiles and provide financial support to a foreign terrorist organization. Instead, Viktor Bout received a minimum sentence of 25 years. We are now joined on the line to discuss this story by T. Kumar, Director for International Advocacy with Amnesty International U.S.A.