Russian businessman Bout convicted in U.S. has no money to appeal - lawyer

Russian businessman Viktor Bout who is serving a prison term in the U.S. on arms smuggling charges has no money to file an appeal against his conviction or a complaint against prison security precautions imposed on him, lawyer Alexei Binetsky told Interfax.

Russian businessman Viktor Bout who is serving a prison term in the U.S. on arms smuggling charges has no money to file an appeal against his conviction or a complaint against prison security precautions imposed on him, lawyer Alexei Binetsky told Interfax.

"Bout's family has run out of money. And the Russian state unfortunately can't find 60 million rubles to pay for a highly professional team of lawyers from the U.S. who could provide our fellow countryman with real help," Binetsky said on Thursday.

U.S. lawyers "could officially make the world aware of violations or possible crimes committed during the investigation against Viktor Bout and during his detention and conviction," he said.

Commenting on Bout's former attorney Albert Dayan's intention to send a protest to U.S. authorities against Bout's ban from talking on the phone with his wife, Binetsky dubbed this "a PR stunt."

"Complaining to the U.S. authorities about such a petty thing is clearly for PR purposes," he said.

Pointing out that Dayan has been sidelined from the case as such, Binetsky called the pretext on which the attorney has drawn attention to himself insignificant. "The matter concerns a complaint against the prison administration's ban on telephone conversations until August 10. I've talked with Viktor regularly on the phone, and there's no problem here," Binetsky said.

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