Lawyers commented on Viktor Bout’s proposed swap for basketball player Greiner and Paul Whelan

Lawyers commented on Viktor Bout’s proposed swap for basketball player Greiner and Paul Whelan

legal exchange Britney Greiner is only possible after a court verdict, said Maria Blagovolina, partner at law firm Rybalkin, Gortsunyan, Dyakin and Partners, and Alexander Boikov of Mosyurcenter, commenting on US media reports of the administration’s plan American presidential.

Earlier, US television channel CNN reported that US President Joe Biden had backed plans to swap Russian Viktor Bout for US Representatives Paul Whelan and basketball player Brittney Griner. CNN refers to a senior source in the presidential administration.

We learned from the news of the American proposal. Lawyers do not participate in negotiations. From a legal point of view, the exchange is only possible after a court decision. In any case, we will be happy if Brittney will be home soon and we hope that will happen, ”Blagovolina and Boykov commented on the situation.

Russian Viktor Bout was arrested in 2008 on charges of conspiracy to kill US citizens and material support for terrorism. In 2012, a jury in New York found him guilty, the judge imposed a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Booth denies all the allegations. Paul Whelan is sentenced in Russia to 16 years in prison for espionage.

Greiner, an American, was arrested in February on suspicion of trying to illegally import hash oil through Sheremetyevo airport, and a criminal case was opened for drug trafficking. Greiner faces a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years. The trial continues, the next meeting is scheduled for August 2. Greiner, 31, has been a player for Russian club UMMC since 2015 and won two Olympics with the US team (2016, 2020).

Source : MatchTV

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