Lawyers for ex-Soviet officer say political pressure by US led to unfair extradition

Layer USLawyers for an ex-Soviet officer extradited to the United States to face conspiracy charges in federal court say the case should be thrown out. They argued that it’s because of US used high political pressure to get Thailand to release him. The paper which was filed on Tuesday purely says that it was brought because of purely political reasons against Viktor Bout. The lawyers strongly said that the U.S. Army contractors had used aircraft owned by companies associated with Bout to supply U.S. troops in Iraq. The schedule of trial of Viktor Bout is to be held in this October. The charge on him was he conspired to sell weapons to a terrorist organization. He was extradited from Thailand last year. He was arrested in March 2008 in a Bangkok hotel. He has pleaded not guilty. The Government of Russian complained that his extradition was unlawful and political.