Bout, who is presently serving a 25-year sentence in a Federal Prison, under severely restrictive conditions designed to isolate convicted terrorists, and deny them meaningful contact with the outside world, has repeatedly claimed that his indictment was for purely political reasons, and his extradition from Thailand, improper.
Under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure*, the trial judge can vacate the judgment, and order a new trial if the interests of justice so require. Newly-discovered evidence that implicates the United States in illegally coercing the Government of Thailand to extradite Bout could constitute grounds for a new trial, if there were violations of US law. Attorney Dayan claims that several US officials were involved, but has not volunteered their names.
Was this case, in which Bout alleged that he had been entrapped by the Drug Enforcement Agency, brought for political reasons, and was Bout illegally extradited, in violation of US and Thai law ? Will Mr. Dayan file a Motion for a New Trial now ? We cannot say, but we will be watching.
* Rule 33, F.R. Crim. P. permits such a motion, if made within three years after entry of judgment.