Bout's lawyer skeptical about reports on his transfer to solitary confinement cell in U.S.

A lawyer for Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who has been sentenced to 25 years in jail in the U.S., has no information that Bout had been transferred to another cell.

"We do not have such information, but I suppose this is some nonsense," Bout's lawyer Viktor Burobin told Interfax on Saturday.

The lawyer insisted that the Russian businessman's conviction conditions were not supposed to be changed. "I even had a telephone conversation with him last week, and everything was the same," he said.

Some media reported earlier on Saturday that Bout had been transferred to a special block for terrorists and placed in a solitary confinement cell.

Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 on a U.S. arrest warrant. He was extradited to the U.S. in November 2010, and was charged with conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to kill American officers or employees, and conspiring to acquire and use an anti-aircraft missile.

A jury at a U.S. court found Bout guilty of conspiring to sell weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist group, in November 2011. The court sentenced him to 25 years in prison and a $15-million fine on April 6, 2012. Bout himself claimed his innocence.

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