The Voice of Russia on May 17, 2012 released the following:
“The problem of extraditing Viktor Bout to Russia can be solved by diplomats alone, Russia’s interim Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov stated on May 17. According to the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, Washington is ready to consider an extradition application if Russia submits one.
Russia and the US have no bilateral criminal extradition deal, thus, issues of this kind will be solved diplomatically. According to Mr.Konovalov, the transfer can be made only if the US, Russia and Bout himself agree on it.
As for Russia, it is hundred percent in. So, the parties have protracted consultations ahead.
According to Eric Holder, the US will begin to consider the application as soon as Russia makes one. It should be prepared by Russia’s Foreign Ministry, says lawyer Alexei Lunyov
“Russia is represented abroad by the Foreign Ministry and, thus, the latter should submit an extradition application. Whether Bout’s relatives or state officials will ask the Ministry to file an application depends on specific circumstances.”
Experts think that the Bout case is not over yet. Earlier, Bout’s transfer to a super maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado has been postponed. The transfer had been appealed by his lawyer Albert Dayan. If Russia moves futher in this direction, it may count on more victories, says ex -State Duma MP Kira Lukyanova
“It’s obviously the lawyers’ win. I think that further concessions are possible but Russia’s government shouldn’t stop and should ask for mitigating Bout’s imprisonment as he is not a terrorist. A court of appeals has a big say in this situation.”
Russia’s parliament can meet for a special session to discuss the rights of Russian citizens in the US, Member of the Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Andrey Klimov told the VoR.
On April 5, Russian businessman Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiracy to sell weapons to Colombian rebels. He maintains his innocence.”
Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
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