Viktor Bout. Sputnik
US intelligence officials have offered Russian businessman Viktor Bout after his arrest to give incriminating evidence against Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin in exchange for a less severe sentence, Bout’s wife, Alla, said.
BANGKOK (Sputnik) – Bout was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 in a joint operation between Thai and US authorities, who accused him of conspiring to kill US nationals by allegedly agreeing to supply Colombian militants with weapons. He is currently serving a 25-year sentence in an Illinois prison.
"Victor was offered to provide incriminating evidence against Igor Sechin, for whom, according to the Americans, my husband was working for. Victor honestly replied that he was not working for Sechin and does not know him personally. He refused the offer and got a 25-year prison sentence as the minimum sentence for the articles he was charged under," Alla Bout told RIA Novosti.
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Update: US offered Viktor Bout softer sentence for testifying against Rosneft head Sechin, wife claims (RT).
WNU Editor: I have been following this case for years .... and I am still surprised that the Russian government has not offered a deal to the U.S. to get him out. My guess is that there is more to this story than what they are telling us.