Viktor Bout's Russian-American attorney, Alexey Tarasov, has filed a letter with the the sentencing judge in Bout's case, seeking what was styled as a pre-motion hearing, for a ruling that would allow him to request that the Court will take judicial notice of the cancellation of United Nations sanctions previously pending against the defendant. The District Judge has sent the matter for November 2, 2015. Inasmuch as no motion has been approved for filing, there has been no response from the US Attorney's office in New York.
Bout is seeking a new trial, based upon newly-discovered evidence, and his argument is that United Nations Resolution 2237, entered September 2, 2015, which removed UN sanctions associated with the civil war in Liberia, and included a lifting of economic & travel sanctions against him, is relevant to this pending motion. Inasmuch as the Court has required that any motion to supplement the existing record be heard in advance, the hearing is necessary.
After he lost his appeal to the Second Circuit, Mr. Bout's attorneys moved for a new trial, based upon newly-discovered evidence that was not known at the time of trial. We have previously covered this case in detail, including the ground for the motion, and readers are invited to review the prior posting on this blog, for the details.