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Richard Chichakli, Accused Partner of Viktor Bout Found Guilty On All Counts Amid Disgruntled Jury

Richard Ammar Chichakli

Richard Ammar Chichakli

On a freezing December afternoon on Friday 13th at about 12:30 pm the jury announced their verdict against Richard Ammar Chichakli. Chichakli was found guilty on all nine counts. One count of conspiring to violate international sanctions, one count of conspiring to commit money laundering, one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud. Richard Chichakli will be sentenced on March 14th, 2014.

Since I was unable to be in the courtroom during the reading of the verdict, I relied on information directly from Chichakli. Here is what he wrote me:

Good day George
Thank you for your message, and here’s the update

The decision was rendered about 12:30, and it is all as expected; guilty on all counts.
Sincerely
Richard

In a letter to judge Pauley dated to December 11th 2013, Chichakli filed a motion of mistrial to the judge based on emails of at least two jurors complaining about him and dragging the trial out as long as he could. Chichakli mentioned that the prosecutors presented over 600 slides in three separate presentations in addition to the slides I counted seventeen witness’ presented by the government during the trial. I understand the legal angle that the burden of the proof is on the prosecution. However, isn’t it is a reasonable assertion that if there are many witness’ then there could potentially be a lot of cross-examination? Apparently the jury didn’t see it that way and solely blamed Chichakli.

[Read the motion here: Richard Chichakli’s Motion to Declare Mistrial]

Chichakli in another email to me elaborated and gave some insight into exactly what was said by some of the jurors. As well as pointing out that juror number 10 whom was also elected the jury foreman, stated that the trial must end by Friday because his income would be negatively impacted. That turned out to be the exact day that the guilty verdict was rendered against Chichakli. Here is what Chichakli wrote me:

Everything we have seen was leading to the conclusion that was received, that’s why it was no surprise at all.
It was difficult to operate with the court refusal of admitting evidence, the refusal to allow testimony from witnesses we needed, the unbalanced prejudicial latitude favoring the prosecution, and finally the acceptance of the juries prejudice against the defendant.

I think until receiving copy of that e-mail which was sent to the judge by jurors number 9 and number 10, I; for some reason, start feeling as if there was a chance for justice. Then, the jury email stating:

“There is serious discontent in the jury room concerning the longer than expected trial, saying the defendant trying to drag the case as long as he could while everyone else is suffering”

The reasons this email was signal of prejudice and cause for mistrial is due to:
———————————————————————————————
1-The discontent in the jury room means that the jurors were discussing the case; this is a violation of the court instruction
2-The jury; collectively, are blaming the defendant alone while accepting the 792-slides presented by the gov over 5 days
3-The jury have obviously made a decision already evident by saying “The defendant is dragging the case”
4-The jury expressed that they are suffering; whatever that means, retaliation is an expected response to suffering
5- Discontent in the jury room; again, means more than one juror – the jury room holds 12

The strange thing that the second e-mail was received from juror-10 also complaining about the lengthy trial, and stating that he cannot serve past today-Friday; the guilty verdict day because that would hurt his income. That very juror was the foreperson who seemed very proud while reading the verdict.

Chichakli’s trial has generated very little press coverage outside of a few media outlets. Over the last twenty-four hours almost every world-wide media outlet has published a story on Chichakli’s conviction. Most reports are almost identically reading more like a scripted press release as opposed to any actual news coverage or reporting. Ironically I have seen many news publications with this quote or similar variation, “His [Chichakli’s] case has raised tensions in already frigid ties between the United States and Russia.” I say ironic because the interest that I observed from Russia has been somewhere between little or none. In fact, Viktor Bout seems to be fading from the media headlines in Russia and is becoming a mostly forgotten topic. Chichakli is an American-Syrian citizen arrested and then extradited from Australia to the States. I don’t see any direct Russian connection nor any noted interest from the Russian government nor their media.

This case has been anything but usual. The jury has rendered their verdict and the sentencing will be on March 14th, 2014. However, somehow I don’t think the case is over. If I was gambling man, I’d bet big that Chichakli will be looking at the appellate court in the near future.

Contact Information:

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Twitter: Dobroyeutro 

Further Reading:

Richard Chichakli Asked Judge for Mistrial Based on Jurors Discontent: USA vs. Viktor Bout Et Al

The Government Rests In Richard Chichakli Trial: USA vs. Viktor Bout Et Al

Richard Chichakli Calls His First Witness in USA vs. Viktor Bout Et Al

Richard Chichakli Crowdsourcing Legal Advice

Judge Rules Merchant of Death Author Does Not Have to Testify in Chichakli Trial

Inside The Courtroom: Richard Chichakli’s U.S. Trial Begins

World Exclusive: Richard Chichakli’s First Interview Since His Extradition From Australia To A U.S. Prison Exclusive: Viktor Bout’s Alleged Partner Richard Chichakli Rejects Government’s Plea Deal

Richard Chichakli’s Extradition to the U.S. is Imminent Bail denied for Richard Chichakli: Inside The Court Room during The Hearing

World Exclusive: Richard Chichakli: “Australian Prison Is Trying To Poison Me”

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story

The DEA’s Conduit to Viktor Bout Gets a Slap on the Wrist: Andrew Smulian Sentenced to Five Years

Was Viktor Bout’s sentence just?

Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years

Richard Chichakli Asked Judge for Mistrial Based on Jurors Discontent: USA vs. Viktor Bout Et Al

Richard Chichakli

Richard Chichakli

 

Emotions are running extremely high in this strange and curious case of USA vs. Richard Chichakli. It is not surprising, with the trial in its fourth week, that jurors complained about the length of the trial. Jurors number 9 and 10 said enough is enough in emails to the judge. One juror said that their job is going to train and hire a replacement due to their long absence. After hearing this Chichakli demanded a mistrial saying that now the jury is biased against him. The judge refused.

Here is what happened today in Chichakli’s own words:

Today was the end of the witnesses and taking of evidence.
The whole thing turned into mess from the set go in the morning which started with receiving copies of two emails sent by two different juror complaining about the defendant taking too much time. The Email stated in its first line:

“There is a discontent in the jury room with the way the defendant is dragging the case as long as he could”

The other email also complained about the longer than expected trial and blames the defendant “based on our discussions” and ours is the jury. I immediately moved to have the case declared a Mistrial, and the judge immediately denied the motion, and subsequently he went after me on personal level saying that I caused the extended trial and he never seen more boring trial, and etc. Amazing stuff, unrealistically amazing.

So we are sat for tomorrow closing arguments.

[Richard Chichakli’s Motion to Declare Mistrial]

Chichakli’s frustration and emotions flared and Chichakli is apparently not happy that the government brought seventeen witness’ to the stand compared to his paltry four witness’. I say paltry because about a dozen witness’ that Chichakli wanted to testify were nullified by the judge. However, the judge has stated to the jury on more than one occasion that “the defendant is under absolutely no obligation to bring forth witness’, the burden of proof is up to the prosecutors.” The judge whom has been extremely patiently throughout this long trial also seemed frustrated. Judge Pauley stated today to Chichakli that Monday was the “most painful in my twenty-five year career. ” I was not in the courtroom yesterday. Therefore I am guessing that since Al Monica was the governments final witness and the judge denied Chichakli’s request for several other DEA and FBI agents to testify, that he was trying to questioning him as extensively as possible. But that is just speculation on my part.

DEA

Today Chichakli called Department of Justice employee John Cox  III whom he wanted to testify to the fact that he gave Chichakli permission to leave the U.S. back in 2005. Cox said that he could not detain Chichakli nor deny him the right to leave the country since there was no arrest warrant, merely an investigation. Chichakli’s ex-wife Gloria Chichakli also testified. They had not seen each other since 2005 when Chichakli left the States.

Tomorrow on December 11th, 2013 at 9:45 am the government will begin its closing argument or summation. They indicated to the judge that it should last about one hour forty-five minutes. Chichakli indicated that he would need about two and a half hours. However, it is still not clear whom will deliver the defense’s summation. Chichakli late in the day said that he was finished defending himself. Whether or not this was simply emotion or after being incarcerated and defending himself in a four week trial pro-se against the U.S. government and their legal team has in fact left him emotionally and physically spent? So we will not know until tomorrow whether Chichakli whom has handled his case in its entirety will deliver his own summation to the jury or if it will be his back up counsel Mr. Kirton.

Just a reminder for the first part of the trial Chichakli was in solitary confinement without access to email, phone calls or any communications whatsoever outside of Mr. Kirton visiting him in jail. Upon hearing this the judge ordered the Bureau of Prisons [BOP] to move him into general population as well as ordering OFAC to unblock his funds sent to him by his sister so that he could make phone calls. As late as last week Chichakli stated on record that the only Kosher meals provided to him by the prison were frozen and the U.S. Marshals denied him access to a microwave. The judge asked him at the end of that day if he ate and Chichakli stated that he had a piece of bread. The judge sternly told the prosecution to make sure that the defendant is provided with a meal that he can eat.

After the defense finishes their summation then the prosecutors get a 2nd chance called a rebuttal summation. The reason for this is that it is solely up to the prosecution to prove Chichakli’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Once that is completed then in my opinion is the most important part of the trial. It is the judges instructions to the jury on how to interpret the law. This is extremely important because in this case Chichakli is being charged with breaking Office of Foreign Assets Control [OFAC] sanctions and International Emergency Economic Powers Act [IEEPA] laws. According to all the witness’ that testified including Molly Miller whom works for OFAC the laws are open to interpretation. Chichakli, his back up counsel Mr. Kirton and OFAC expert attorney Hal Eren all disagreed with Molly Miller’s testimony and interpretation of the law. Chichakli wanted to have another OFAC employee testify but the judge ruled against it. The judge stated that he will interpret the law for the jury.

Contact Information:

dobroyeutro1@gmail.com

Twitter: Dobroyeutro 

Further Reading:

The Government Rests In Richard Chichakli Trial: USA vs. Viktor Bout Et Al

Richard Chichakli Calls His First Witness in USA vs. Viktor Bout Et Al

Richard Chichakli Crowdsourcing Legal Advice

Judge Rules Merchant of Death Author Does Not Have to Testify in Chichakli Trial

Inside The Courtroom: Richard Chichakli’s U.S. Trial Begins

World Exclusive: Richard Chichakli’s First Interview Since His Extradition From Australia To A U.S. Prison Exclusive: Viktor Bout’s Alleged Partner Richard Chichakli Rejects Government’s Plea Deal

Richard Chichakli’s Extradition to the U.S. is Imminent Bail denied for Richard Chichakli: Inside The Court Room during The Hearing

World Exclusive: Richard Chichakli: “Australian Prison Is Trying To Poison Me”

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story

The DEA’s Conduit to Viktor Bout Gets a Slap on the Wrist: Andrew Smulian Sentenced to Five Years

Was Viktor Bout’s sentence just?

Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years

Richard Chichakli Crowdsourcing Legal Advice

Richard Chichakli

Richard Chichakli

Crowdsourcing Legal Advice

Richard Chichakli is fighting an uphill legal battle against the U.S. government. Chichakli has been accused of being Viktor Bout’s co-conspirator, sometimes accused of being Bout’s money-man and / or partner. Chichakli was extradited from Australia this past May to the U.S. where he is currently facing trial. Chichakli’s trial is unusually in many ways but most notable is that he is defending himself pro-se. With my limited court experience, I have been impressed with Chichakli’s handling of his case thus far. Chichakli does not have a law degree nor as far as I know any legal training whatsoever.

Chichakli has been frustrated as of late, especially as to the honorable judge Pauley’s recent decisions in denying Chichakli’s request to have several high-profile witness’ testify. I recently wrote an article about Douglas Farah, co-author of ‘The Merchant of Death’ asking the judge to grant his request not to testify. Farah said that what he knows “is based on hearsay and would not be admissible in court.” My article titled, Judge Rules Merchant of Death Author Does Not Have to Testify in Chichakli Trial goes into more detail. I just received an email from Chichakli earlier today asking me for legal advice. I am obviously not a lawyer but Chichakli then sent me a second email asking me to post a blog with his legal questions, in other words to crowdsource some legal advice for him. This is what he wrote in his second email:

Howdy:
Just sent you some updates for your pages, I wonder if the public can give me an answer through the internet?
Sincerely
Richard

Chichakli seemed very sincere in his quest to understand the law as well as getting any legitimate feedback and opinions to his legal questions. As per Chichakli’s request I am sending out his first email.

Good day:

Judge William Pauley have ruled in favor of the government’s request to preclude witnesses including; among dozen others, Johan Peleman, Dennis Brady, and Douglas Farah

I am questioning whether such ruling is “legally sound” given for the facts that material that were used by the government in the prosecution of this case belongs to these witnesses.

In Peleman’s case, the invention of Chichakli-Bout relation was created by Johan Peleman in his UN report S/2000/1225 and later in his report S/2003/1035. Both reports are included in the indictment, both reports were used to obtain the indictment through the grand jury, and both reports were used by the government in replying to the motions by Chichakli. The judge’s decision in calling this material “irrelevant” and “Hearsay” and these witnesses “Unrelated” seems to be prejudice, or subject to “double standards” the least.

The same applies to Denied Brady of the FBI and who’s affidavit is among the evidence used by the government, so is the case of Douglas Farah who lied twice under oath in his testimony to the US Congress in 2005 and 2008, and who was used and still being used by the US government as “The expert” in the matter of Bout-Chichakli!

My questions are simply:

- How material and witnesses can be used by the government and then excluded and precluded for the defense purpose?
– How material and evidence can be called relevant to the government case and irrelevant to the defense cross-examination?
– How would the government be allowed to bring witnesses that are not on the list of witnesses?
– Is the preclusion of cross-examination constitutional under the 14th amendment?
– Is this trial held under a single set of standards or more than one set of standards?

I am not a lawyer, but these are rather common sense questions!

Richard

Judge Orders Chichakli Out of Solitary Confinement 

I plan to post an update of the trial in sort of a timeline fashion within the next day or two. However, I thought this one particular occurrence was worth mentioning now.

Shortly before Chichakli’s trial began he was moved from MDC Federal prison located in Brooklyn where he was in general population to MCC prison in Manhattan to be closer to the Federal Court house located at 500 Pearl Street. This was no surprise in fact in was anticipated. What occurred next or actually how it happened is not clear. Richard Chichakli was accused of breaking the prison rules and was immediately put into maximum security aka the SHU [Security Housing Unit] upon his arrival to MCC prison in Mahattan. Chichakli told the judge that he did not do anything to warrant the punishment.

Last Monday November 25, 2012 judge Pauley told the prosecutors to have a representative form the Bureau of Prison’s [BOP] to come at 1pm. After the jury was dismissed for lunch, Mr. Johnson from BOP spoke to the judge about moving Chichakli. At which point judge Pauley ordered Chichakli to be moved from solitary confinement to general population as soon as a bed is available. The judge told the prosecutors that this is in their best interest. The judge said, “that if Mr. Chichakli is convicted, this will be the first line in the appellate court.” Since Chichakli is defending himself, while in solitary confinement he has no access to the telephone and no email access. Therefore he had no ability to contact potential witness’ to testify on his behalf nor access to any communications for any purpose. Chichakli earlier in the day mentioned that his sister sent him some funds that were received by the prison but he was blocked by OFAC [Office of Foreign Asset Control] from making any phone call. The judge additionally ordered that BOP and OFAC unblock his commissary account immediately so that Chichakli would have access to his funds.

Contact Information:

dobroyeutro1@gmail.com

Twitter: Dobroyeutro

Further Reading:

Judge Rules Merchant of Death Author Does Not Have to Testify in Chichakli Trial

Inside The Courtroom: Richard Chichakli’s U.S. Trial Begins

World Exclusive: Richard Chichakli’s First Interview Since His Extradition From Australia To A U.S. Prison Exclusive: Viktor Bout’s Alleged Partner Richard Chichakli Rejects Government’s Plea Deal

Richard Chichakli’s Extradition to the U.S. is Imminent Bail denied for Richard Chichakli: Inside The Court Room during The Hearing

World Exclusive: Richard Chichakli: “Australian Prison Is Trying To Poison Me”

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story

The DEA’s Conduit to Viktor Bout Gets a Slap on the Wrist: Andrew Smulian Sentenced to Five Years

Was Viktor Bout’s sentence just?

Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years

SkyPotrol.Net Exclusive: U.S. Court Of Appeals v. Viktor Bout: EXHIBIT’S A-G

Viktor Bout in Marion, IL Federal Penitentiary -- taken October 2012

Viktor Bout in Marion, IL Federal Penitentiary — taken October 2012

Viktor Bout’s defense attorney, Albert Y. Dayan, recently filed on 30 January 2013 a 55 page appeal with the U.S. 2nd Circuit court of appeals. The link to the entire document can be found here: Viktor Bout Appeal. Bout and his attorney are appealing his 25 year sentence for conspiracy charges. Bout has mantained his innocence throughout the process.

These exclusive documents are from the U.S. State Department, including State Department Cables, Letters to Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder and between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Thailand.

To the best of my knowledge the following exhibits have not been published or seen other than the judge as well as lawyers for the defense and prosecution. Each exhibit has its own link.

EXHIBIT A

EXHIBIT B

EXHIBIT C

EXHIBIT D

EXHIBIT E

EXHIBIT F

EXHIBIT G

Contact Information:

Twitter: Dobroyeutro

dobroyeutro1@gmail.com

Further Reading:

World Exclusive: Richard Chichakli: “Australian Prison Is Trying To Poison Me”

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges

Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

More DEA Spies and Lies: Opening Statements in the Viktor Bout Trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout StoryThe DEA’s Conduit to Viktor Bout Gets a Slap on the Wrist: Andrew Smulian Sentenced to Five Years

Was Viktor Bout’s sentence just?

Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years

World Exclusive: Richard Chichakli: “Australian Prison Is Trying To Poison Me”

Edited: January 29 2013

Richard Chichakli showing documents to prove his innocence.

Richard Chichakli showing documents to prove his innocence.

Is Richard Chichakli Being Poisoned in Prison?

At the request of Richard Chichakli via his Russian wife – whom is also facing her own charges in Australia – I was contacted to report on Chichakli’s treatment as well as his conditions in his Australian prison. Mrs. Chichakli [her real named is being withheld as per her request] contacted me by email. Here is part of what she wrote me:

Dear Mr. Mapp:

My name is …, I’m Richard’s wife of eight years, a Russian national. We came to Australia together. I’m contacting you as per Richard’s instruction. He called me this morning from Metropolitan Remand Centre where he’s been held since about two weeks. He was in panic because the prison staff insisted on him taking a pill for unknown reason. He’s not on any prescribed medicine. He believes somebody wants to poison him.

Is Richard Chichakli being paranoid – possibly but if you knew his entire story as well as I do — I would have to say his concerns and fears are legitimate.

The Accidental Terrorist

I will not go into detail in this article as far as the how and why or the depth of my relationship with Richard Chichakli. For those of you who have not heard of Richard Chichakli or want some background info, please read: Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial. However, I do discuss my relationship with Chichakli in detail in my upcoming book titled, The Accidental Terrorist, which should be completed this summer. Here is a snapshot of my book:

In his fascinating new book, The Accidental Terrorist, George Mapp describes how he went from an international equity trader on Wall Street, to massage therapist to international globe trotter to an accused terrorist. His unique book will discuss international travel to exotic destinations, a spiritual journey, love affairs, diverse cultures, religious clashes, drugs, terrorism, intelligence agencies, spies, lies and spy games as well as his eye witness account of 9/11.

Investigative journalist George Mapp at RT's New York television studio.

Investigative journalist George Mapp at RT’s New York television studio.

Solitary Confinement

Mrs. Chichakli in her email to me went into more detail in terms of Richard Chichakli’s prison conditions.

Since he’s been kept in prison he has been moved frequently from one cell to another. He says when he requests the management to attend the issues he has, the only response he gets is a guard.

MRC is a maximum security prison, Richard is kept in solitary. He is only accused of violation of economic sanctions, why they treat him like he’s a murderer?

For more than 2 weeks now he has not been granted visitors. I submitted my request on January 14, and his friends–a day later. Richard said that he put the requests through on the 13th of January. The phone operators in prison keep telling me to call next Wednesday, as their system gets updated on Tuedays. There have been two cycles of updates already with no results. My attempts to contact management through my lawyer took me back to where I started, as the decisions about visitors are made locally in prison, and the names of management are not disclosed. Since I’m not approved, I can’t go and visit him, I can’t bring clean clothes to him, I can send him money to make calls. And Richard is kept in solitary.

Richard Chichakli.

Richard Chichakli.

Lawyer or Puppet?

After attending everyday of the three week long Viktor Bout trial it was evident that the DEA would stop at nothing in their pursuit of Bout and his alleged co-conspirator a.k.a Richard Chichakli. The DEA operation to catch Bout in an elaborate ‘scheme’ was dubbed ‘Relentless‘ it spanned over three continents and is estimated to have cost U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. In fact on 17 January 2010, the DEA unsealed a new indictment against both Viktor Bout and Richard Chichakli: U.S. Announces New Indictment Against International Arms Dealer Viktor Bout and American Co-Conspirator for Money Laundering, Wire Fraud, and Conspiracy.

In one of my repliy emails to Mrs. Chichakli, I expressed my concern as to the loyalty and trustworthiness of Richard’s lawyer. What follows is a dialogue between myself and Mrs. Chichakli.

[Me] What do you think about Richard’s attorney [Andrew Sim]– is he really trying to help or is he just a puppet?

Cheers,

George

[Mrs. Chichakli] I was present in court on Jan-17 during Richard’s hearing, his attorney did not appear to be firm, seemed hesitant about what he was about to say. I spoke with him after the hearing inquiring about whether he can handle the case ’cause it may be too big for him, he reassured me that their practice is the largest criminal law practice in Melbourne and that they have staff that will attend the case properly. This morning Richard referred to him as a young boy and said he may dismiss him at the next trial. I don’t know if that was just an emotional statement.

Just for the record, I contacted Richard Chichakli’s attorney Andrew Sim and have not received a reply as of yet. I inquired about his clients’ well-being, his emotional and mental condition as well as a physical description of Chichakli’s actual prison cell.

Edited: 29 January 2013.

Several days after publishing this article I was contacted by a memeber of Richard Chichakli’s defense team. I do find it odd that a defense attorney would not care to comment on his clients treatment in prison. Especially if there are allegations of mis-treatment and abuse. The following excerpt is from Richard Chichakli’s defense team:

Dear George

Your enquiry of Mr Richard Chichakli has been forwarded to me to respond to. 

This email is to let you know that Victoria Legal Aid won’t be making any comment or providing any information on Mr Chichakli outside of court proceedings. 

Kind regards

Paula

Richard Chichakli.

Richard Chichakli.

Mrs. Chichakli’s Plea For Help

What Mrs. Chichakli wanted more than anything from me was help! She is trying desperately to reach out to the media and to journalists to get her husbands story heard. One thing that caught my attention is that Mrs. Chichakli is in legal trouble in a foreign country – she told me that she is out on bail – yet she did not express much concern about herself only about her husband.

The following excerpts by Mrs. Chichakli are taken verbatim from one of our email exchanges.

Richard mentioned a specific program “current affairs” over the phone and asked me to contact them as well as you. So I did, and the newsroom person pretty much harassed me over the phone–the same issues I described to you were not enough for him–he started offensively asking me what countries Richard [Chichakli] sold the arms to–North Korea, Iran, what countries put sanctions on him, I told him to stop making assumptions and I asked him to refer me to somebody else and he refused saying that he’s the only one there and that I’m not giving him enough information to make the story. He hung up. His name was Jeff. I called again later, and he again told me off.

I’ve spoken with Channel 10 newsroom, they may contact me on Sat or Sun.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but a few things don’t seem quite right.

1–for two weeks nobody except for his lawyer is allowed to see him

2- Richard said he put requests for visitors through and the prison system doesn’t reflect that

3- The requests to prison management for urgent assistance for making visits went ananswered

4- The prison personnel made an attempt to medicate Richard by mistake or on purpose?

5- They (the government?) know that there’s nobody here to stand for Richard, they know we’ve been separated and that I’m under pressure and won’t attempt much.

Any help in publicizing what’s going on would be appreciated.

Kind regards,

[Mrs. Chichakli]

Contact Information:

Twitter: Dobroyeutro

dobroyeutro1@gmail.com

Further Reading:

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges

Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

More DEA Spies and Lies: Opening Statements in the Viktor Bout Trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout StoryThe DEA’s Conduit to Viktor Bout Gets a Slap on the Wrist: Andrew Smulian Sentenced to Five Years

Was Viktor Bout’s sentence just?

Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years

Viktor Bout Letters and Photos from Prison

The Most Recent Photo of Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout in Marion, IL Federal Penitentiary — taken October 2012.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the most recent photo taken of Viktor Bout. Viktor sent it to me in a letter dated 30 October 2012 which was postmarked 1 November 2012.

The previously most recent picture of Viktor was provided to me by his wife Alla.

Viktor Bout in Marion, IL Federal Penitentiary. Photo taken approximately September 2012.

 

Letters From Prison

Viktor Bout and I have been corresponding via the CorrLinks prison system for some time. CorrLinks is an email system for inmates to communicate electronically. While Bout has access to CorrLinks he does not have access to internet. He can not use any search engines thus he is also unable to search any news and current events via the internet.

Screenshot of various CorrLinks messages from Viktor Bout.

Viktor Bout spends most of his time reading and listening to music and meditating. While most of our correspondence between Viktor and I is private, I will share a few quotes that he has shared with several others.

One of many quotations Viktor Bout shared from prison.

Here is another quote that Viktor Bout with myself and a few others.

 

A quote shared by Viktor Bout from prison.

 

Viktor Bout Communication Ban

According to a Russia Beyond The Headlines article titled Bout banned from contacting his family, Viktor Bout is currently banned from receiving any phone calls from family members. From my latest chat with Viktor Bout via CorrLinks, he is banned from all phone communications with everyone not just family. However, he is still able to send and receive emails.

Viktor’s wife Alla expressed her frustration and accussed the Bureau of Prisons of appyling psychological pressure to her husband. The following quotes are from the previously mentioned article:

 “Viktor couldn’t get through to me,” she said.  “We usually talk on Skype. This time I kept getting cut off, and since my husband only gets 15 minutes on the phone, he called his brother, who put Viktor on speakerphone with his mother,” Alla said. “After that, Viktor didn’t call for a week. Last night the lawyer called me and said Viktor had been deprived of his phone rights for 30 days because he talked to relatives on speakerphone.”

According to Bout’s wife, “nothing took place that broke the rules” during this call. 

“They didn’t discuss politics or the economy. Viktor’s mother asked how her beloved son was doing and how he was feeling,” said Alla. “Prisoners aren’t forbidden to talk to their relatives – I think this was a way of putting psychological pressure on my husband.

Viktor’s wife Alla Bout at a recent Moscow press conference.

Russia’s Extradition Request for Bout Denied by Justice Department

[A link to the actual letter can be found here: Viktor Bout’s extradition denial letter from the U.S. Justice Department]

RT just reported yesterday that the US rejects Russia’s extradition request for jailed businessman Bout. The following excerpts are taken from the RT article:

The US Justice Department refused the extradition request over the seriousness of the crimes with which he was charged, among other reasons, Bout’s lawyer Albert Dayan said.

“We have received an official response from the Justice Department,” Dayan told Itar-Tass news agency. “The denial to grant the request is explained by the fact the prisoner has a pending appeal, by the seriousness of the crime, by objections from the law enforcement authorities, and also by the fact that his criminal past renders such request impossible.”

According to Dayan, the request for extradition to Russia may be filed again in two years.

“Our only hope right now is the appeal,” said Dayan, adding that Bout was “jailed for political reasons, and hasn’t committed any crimes.”

Viktor Bout’s defense attorney Albert Y. Dayan leaving the Federal court house.


Viktor Bout Contact Info:

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you include his prisoner Register number

VIKTOR BOUT Register # 91641-054
USP MARION
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 1000
MARION, IL  62959

 

Blog Post Edited: 15 November 2012

Contact Information:

Twitter: Dobroyeutro

dobroyeutro1@gmail.com

Additional articles, radio and television interviews about Viktor Bout:

Обвинения против Бута – “прекрасная идея для голливудского сценария”

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout on the Move: Bout’s Latest Prison Stop in Oklahoma City

Viktor Bout’s Teenage Daughter Pours Her Heart Out To The Judge

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Judge Orders Viktor Bout out of Solitary Confinement

Prison Warden to Judge: Viktor Bout Might Plot Prison Break

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges

Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

More DEA Spies and Lies: Opening Statements in the Viktor Bout Trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story

Face to Face with Viktor Bout: Court Room Conversations

Обвинения против Бута – “прекрасная идея для голливудского сценария”

Виктор Бут, отбывающий наказание в американской тюрьме общего режима в штате Иллинойс, дал первое интервью после приговора. “Голосу России” его предоставил Джордж Мэпп

- Был ли для Вас перевод в Оклахому из Бруклина такой же неожиданностью, какой стал для Ваших юристов?

– Для меня перевод не был неожиданностью, мне было очевидно, что так и произойдет.

Как с Вами обращались во время процесса перевода и какой транспорт использовался, чтобы доставить Вас во временный изолятор?

– Бюро тюрем доставило порядка 25 заключенных на автобусе на взлетную площадку Стюард (Steward Airbase), где мы ждали знаменитого Conair MD82 вместе с несколькими другими автобусами и фургонами с региона. Когда самолет приземлился, автобусы и фургоны выехали на взлетную полосу, некоторых заключенных освободили от наручников, и мы все взошли на борт. Сам перелет проходил спокойно, ничего особенного, просто было неудобно сидеть в оковах, наручниках, прикованным к сиденью.

В Оклахоме мы прилетели к зданию, которое было похоже на обычный терминал, – Добро пожаловать в Федеральное транзитное учреждение Оклахомы. По громкоговорителю назвали мое имя, и я первым покинул самолет, после чего я быстро оказался в изоляторе. Я провел там 12 дней в полной изоляции: без новостей, газет и телевизора, и только по будням мне было дозволено в течение часа гулять по площадке 4 на 4 метра, которая была ограждена словно клетка. Со мной обращались точно так же, как и со всеми остальными заключенными. Я попытался позвонить своему юристу или в посольство, но мне сообщили, что я смогу это сделать только через 30 дней заключения.

С какими условиями и обращением Вы столкнулись в Оклахоме?

– В Оклахоме меня ждала чистая, сверкающая тюрьма. Она словно памятник тюремному промышленному комплексу – те же камеры, в смысле площади, меню, отношение и даже запахи.

- Поступило ли Вам предупреждение о Вашем предстоящем переезде в Марион, штат Иллинойс, где Вы сейчас находитесь?

– Я узнал о том, что меня переведут в Марион за неделю, и вот я тут, в Блоке управления связью (блок, в котором Федеральное бюро тюрем может отслеживать коммуникации с внешним миром, такие как телефонные звонки, почту и визиты. Спроектировано, в частности, для террористов).

Опишите Ваши условия, особенно хотелось бы узнать о дозволенности звонков и посещениях.

– Правила в БУС достаточно строгие – дозволено всего 2 звонка по 15 минут в неделю, для которых необходимо за неделю до звонка заполнить специальную форму, где нужно указать: с кем пройдет разговор, и на каком языке. Даже чтобы отправить письмо можно указать только тот адрес, который находится в списке дозволенных адресов переписки, а сам он должен быть написан печатными буквами. И именно тут происходят бесконтактные посещения (общение происходит через стекло).

Адвокат: “Бута не сажали к террористам”

Когда Владимир Путин стал президентом России, Вам выразили огромную политическую поддержку. Как Вы считаете, это совпадение или есть связь между Путиным и политической поддержкой?

– У меня практически нет информации о политической поддержке, так что я не могу прокомментировать то, о чем у меня нет сведений. Я знаю, что в России многие озабочены тем, что и почему со мной произошло.

Вы заметили изменения в оказываемой поддержке со стороны российского правительства с приходом к власти Путина?

– Опять же, здесь, в Марионе, я не получаю вестей из России. Я только звоню родным, чтобы узнать, как они.

Отразился ли Ваш перевод в Марион в Иллинойсе на поддержку со стороны российского консульства или российского правительства? Если да, то как?

– Я не знаю, чтобы что-то оказало какое-то влияние. Но на прошлой неделе мне позвонили из консульского отдела посольства России в Вашингтоне и сообщили, что планируют меня навестить.

- Джеймс Брук с The Voice of America сообщил о том, что Игорь Сечин прибыл в Нью-Йорк как только Вас осудили. Встречались ли Вы с Сечиным во время его пребывания в Америке?

– Как я уже не раз говорил, у меня нет личных связей с Игорем Сечиным. Я никогда его не встречал, так что спрашивать меня о его визите в Нью-Йорк бессмысленно.

Меня не было в здании суда, когда корреспондент The Voice of America Кэролин Уэйвер спросила Вашу жену, как долго Вы служили в КГБ. Могли бы Вы это прокомментировать?

– В 2004 году я послал запрос в архив КГБ, и теперь у меня есть официальное подтверждение, что я никогда не служил и никоим образом не помогал КГБ.

Виктор, есть много организаций типа “Предупреждение конфликтов”, отслеживающих незаконную торговлю оружием, которые следили за Вашим делом. Вам важно просветить их о международной торговле оружием, в том числе и о главных игроках?

– Я думаю, что нахожусь не в том положении, чтобы просвещать их. Более того, я не знаю ничего, о чем у них не было бы информации. Но что меня интересует – это кто и почему финансирует эти организации? Работают ли они исключительно на энтузиазме помочь другим нациям? Я никогда не верил в эти “истории для прикрытия”.

Во многих статьях Вас связывали с бывшим агентом ЦРУ и либерийским полевым командиром Чарльзом Тейлором. Вы когда-нибудь вели дела с Тейлором?

– Я никогда не встречался с Чарльзом Тейлором и не имел никаких дел с его режимом.

Я был в России, когда анонимный источник сообщил мне, что Вас не отправят в тюрьму особого режима в Колорадо. Я был первым человеком, опубликовавшим эту информацию в Интернете. Сразу после меня ее сообщил “Голос России”. Это решение, равно как и вмешательство прокурора Эрика Холдера, стало для Вас сюрпризом?

– Я ничего не знаю о вмешательстве Эрика Холдера. Насколько я знаю, он все еще “босс Федерального бюро тюрем. Я не понимаю, о каком вмешательстве можно говорить, речь идет о его собственном департаменте.

Признаете ли Вы свою вину, если Вам гарантируют, что экстрадируют в Россию для исполнения наказания?

– Это сложный вопрос. Мне надо будет проконсультироваться с адвокатами.

Виктор Бут: “Мое дело полностью политическое”

Виктор, имя Ричарда Чичакли упоминается в обвинительном заключении Управления по контролю за оборотом наркотиков, опубликованном в ноябре 2010 года вместе с Вашим именем. Можете ли Вы рассказать, какие личные и деловые отношения у Вас были с Ричардом?

– Ричард мой друг, я о нем рассуждать или давать комментариев не буду. Его жизнь – еще один пример того, что представляет собой эта страна.

Во многих журналистских расследованиях операция Управления по контролю за оборотом наркотиков “Неумолимый”, которая привела к Вашему аресту в Бангкоке, связывается с тем, что Вы располагали информацией об организации терактов 11 сентября.

Например, занимающийся расследованиями журналист Вейн Мэдсен заявил: “Бута арестовали потому, что он слишком много знал о 11 сентября, и секретные службы хотели его куда-то припрятать”. Другие утверждали, что Вас арестовали, чтобы косвенно обвинить в подготовке терактов 11 сентября. Что можете на это ответить?

– Это прекрасная идея для голливудского сценария. Я не собираюсь комментировать эти фантазии, спекуляции и слухи по поводу 11 сентября.

Как проходит процесс апелляции?

– Лучше обсудить это с Альбертом Даяном, я собираюсь с ним увидеться. Я не знаю, что произошло за последний месяц.

Бут не откажется от права на апелляцию (АУДИО)

Ваши адвокаты имеют к Вам прямой доступ? Или им тяжело общаться с Вами из-за того, что далеко от них находитесь?

– Это еще одна проблема. Я поддерживаю связь с офисом моего адвоката Альберта Даяна по е-mail,  мне не разрешили звонить ему без прослушивания разговоров. Поэтому мне надо направить запрос в суд и ждать соответствующего решения в течение двух недель. И тогда, возможно, я смогу позвонить ему.

Кто-нибудь из Вашей адвокатской команды смог посетить Вас в тюрьме, после того как Вас перевели в Марион?

– Нет еще. Я знаю, что г-н Даян был в Москве, и я надеюсь с ним скоро встретиться.

Виктор, спасибо Вам за интервью.

– Спасибо Вам и всего наилучшего.

Это интервью впервые было опубликовано на блоге сайта SkyPotrol.net.

Original link: The Voice of RussiaОбвинения против Бута – “прекрасная идея для голливудского сценария”

Contact Information:

Twitter: Dobroyeutro

dobroyeutro1@gmail.com

Additional articles, radio and television interviews about Viktor Bout:

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout on the Move: Bout’s Latest Prison Stop in Oklahoma City

Viktor Bout’s Teenage Daughter Pours Her Heart Out To The Judge

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Judge Orders Viktor Bout out of Solitary Confinement

Prison Warden to Judge: Viktor Bout Might Plot Prison Break

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges

Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

More DEA Spies and Lies: Opening Statements in the Viktor Bout Trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story

Face to Face with Viktor Bout: Court Room Conversations

 

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout in a Bangkok, Thailand prison.

Drug Smugglers, Gun Runners, Russian Intelligence Officers and Terrorists’ Wives

How, when and why I first met Viktor Bout is too fascinating and too long a story to discuss here. In fact so intriguing that I am currently write a book about it. Viktor Bout is a part of but by no means entails my entire book. The book will also discuss my intimate encounter in the foothills of the Himalayas with David Headley’s — Mumbai’s 26/11 terrorist mastermind — wife Faiza that led to India’s intelligence agency tracking me down for interrogation and questioning along with the FBI. My book is in five parts: India, Thailand, Morocco, America and Russia. For a brief description see below:

In his fascinating new book, Drug Smugglers, Gun Runners, Russian Intelligence Officers and Terrorists’ Wives, George Mapp describes how he went from an international equity trader on Wall Street, to massage therapist to international globe trotter to an accused terrorist. His unique book will discuss international travel to exotic destinations, a spiritual journey, love affairs, diverse cultures, religious clashes, drugs, terrorism, intelligence agencies, spies, lies and spy games as well as his eye witness account of 9/11.

The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India in flames after the terrorist attacks on November 26 2008.

Contact and Book Donation Details for Viktor Bout

Since I first met Viktor back in October of 2010 in a Bangkok court room, I have followed his case extensively. I attended everyday of his New York trial, form opening remarks to the jury’s decision to the sentencing. I have visited him more than once in prison in Brooklyn and continue to communicate with him frequently via the prison email system dubbed CorrLinks. By default, I got to know him, his close friends, ex-partners and family quite well.

Viktor is quite a gifted linguist — he was able to read my Sanskrit tattoo’s with no problem. I can’t even read them, of course I know what they say but I am unable to read Sanskrit.

When you read the entire interview you will understand what extremely isolated conditions he is currently being held under. I am asking on Viktor’s behalf that anyone that would like to or that has the means to please consider sending a letter — or better yet ordering books for him online or perhaps donate money to him directly via the U.S. prison system so he can buy items from the commissary and phone his daughter, wife and mother in Russia which is extremely expensive.

Just so that there is no confusion — Viktor does NOT have access to the internet — ONLY a prison email system that is tightly monitored and restricted. Thus, Viktor can not read any news or websites, he can not download books or movies nor Skype. He is — with very few exceptions — completely isolated. Viktor would especially love books in Portuguese, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Russian and yes even in English. Please remember — you can NOT send him books directly — they must come from a publisher directly. No more than 5 books at a time.The best way is too order online and have them sent to him — they MUST include his register number along with his name.

PLEASE NOTE: The BOP’s rules are extremely strict, Viktor can NOT receive any books or magazines directly from ANY individual — ONLY a company like Amazon or a newspaper subscription that comes directly from a publisher — for example Gazeta.ru. If you have any questions here are some links:

Inmate Locator

Inmate Mail/Parcels

Inmate Money

Viktor Bout Contact Info:

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you include his prisoner Register number

VIKTOR BOUT Register # 91641-054
USP MARION
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 1000
MARION, IL  62959

 

Viktor Bout with the Marion, IL. prison inset in foreground. photo credit: © Collage: The Voice of Russia

Viktor Bout Exclusive First Interview from Marion, IL. Prison By George Mapp Jr

 

 

Viktor, first of all I want to thank you for taking time out for this interview. I haven’t seen you in person since April at MDC in Brooklyn. A lot has happened to you since then. I would like to first ask you, was your transfer to Oklahoma City from Brooklyn as sudden and unexpected for you as it was for your legal team?

The transfer wasn’t sudden or unexpected, it was clear that it was about to happen.

How were you treated during the transfer process and what mode of transportation did they use to move you to the temporary facility?

BOP [Bureau of Prisons] “bussed” about 25 inmates in same base to upstate’s Steward Airbase, where the infamous “Conair” MD82 was expected by several buses and vans from the region. When the plane landed, the buses and vans went to the tarmac and then some inmates were disembarked, and then they boarded us. The flight was OK, nothing special, just to sit in iron legs, shackles, belly chain, lock and box quite uncomfortable! At Oklahoma City there is a huge terminal like building – welcome to Federal Transit Facility Oklahoma! They called my name on public system and then they got me out first, and quite quickly I was in SHU !!!

Viktor Bout after his extradition from Thailand is shown arriving at Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, New York, Nov. 16, 2010. Photo by U.S. Department of Justice via Getty Images

[The Federal Bureau of Prisons‘ solitary confinement units are known as Special Housing Units aka the SHU.]

So I spent 12 days in the SHU in full and complete isolation from News, newspaper or even TV, only on work days they would take me for “recreation’- for one hour inside a caged roof (size 4mX4m).

I was treated exactly like anybody else in the SHU! I tried to request my legal call to my lawyer and to the Embassy, but they said only after 30 days I can have a call.!!!

How were your conditions and treatment at Oklahoma City?

Conditions at Oklahoma – it is clean, a shining jail like a monument to the prison industrial complex – still same cells ( size wise, same BOP menu, same attitude and even same smells!!

Did you have advanced notice of your final transfer to Marion, IL. Where you are currently being held?

It was clear a week before the transfer that it will be UPS Marion, so here I am, in CMU (you can check what it is your self)

[According to Wikipedia, a Communication Management Unit  or CMU is a recent designation for a self-contained group within a facility in the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons that severely restricts, manages and monitors all outside communication (telephone, mail, visitation) of inmates in the unit. The CMU permits two hours, twice per month, and no contact, meaning the visitor and inmate are in separate rooms with viewing through a glass window and talking via telephone. All conversations must be in English unless special permission is granted 10 days in advance. This is in contrast to ordinary inmates in ordinary units, where the visitation standard includes unlimited contact on their visitation day, once each week or biweekly. In addition to the already imposed restrictions, CMU “prisoners are banned from any physical contact with visiting friends and family, including babies, infants, and minor children.”Compared to other inmates, those placed in the CMU have little contact with the outside world. At least $14 million is spent on surveillance of the CMUs. A counterterrorism team in West Virginia monitors verbal communication remotely.

Thai appeals court denied bail for Viktor Bout.

You have described briefly to me – via CorrLinks prison email system – your conditions in Marion. Can you please describe for my readers your conditions – especially phone privileges and visiting conditions?

CMU’s rules are quite restrictive – only 2 calls of 15 minutes per week with the special forms where you have to use available timing and mention to whom you will call and which language you are going to use, 1 week prior to yours calls. Even a letter you can only send if the address is in the your approved contact list and you must use only the printed labels for the address. Here I will again have non-contact visits (through glass).

Since Putin has been elected as the Russian president, there seems to have been a plethora of political support for you out of Russia – is this just coincidence or is there a connection with Putin to the political support?

As I have very little information about the political support I really can’t comment on something that I am not aware of. I know that many in Russia are concerned what has happened to me, and why it is happening.

Have you noticed an increase or any change in support from the Russian government since Putin’s election?

Again, here in Marion I have very little news from Russia, and I am only calling my family to check how they are.

Viktor Bout speaking into microphone behind bars in Bangkok, Thailand.

Has the support from the Russian consulate and Russian government been affected by your transfer to Marion, IL? If so, how has it changed?

I don’t know of any facts that something was affected, just last week I got a call from the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in the Washington, and soon they are planning to visit me here.

According to The Voice of America’s James Brooke, Igor Sechin visited New York shortly after you were convicted – did Sechin visit you or speak to you during his visit?

As I said many times, I do not have any personal connection to Mr. Sechin, never meet him before, so even to ask about his visit to NYC is useless.

I was standing outside the courthouse last fall when The Voice of America’s Carolyn Weaver [I actually have this on video] asked your wife Alla, “How long have you been in the KGB?” Do you care to comment?

Well, in 2004 I even requested the Archive of the ex-KGB for that, and I do have an official statement, that I never been in there service and never help any position.

An earlier photo of Russian president Putin when he previously served in the KGB.

Viktor, there are many so called conflict awareness groups, arms trade organizations that have been following your case. Do you care to enlighten them to the facts and reality of the international arms trade including the major players?

I think I am not in the position to enlighten them. As I know nothing special, which they didn’t know. What is interesting for me is who finances them and why do they exist? Just there honest desire to help other nations? I never believe in these “cover stories” !!!

The former CIA asset and Liberian war Lord Charles Taylor has been linked to you by various publications. Have you ever met or done business with Taylor?

I never meet C.Taylor, and never had any dealings with his regimes!!!

I was in Russia when an anonymous source notified me that you would not be sent to the ‘Supermax’ prison facility in Colorado. I was actually the first person to publish this on the internet followed by The Voice of Russia. Was this decision and attorney general Eric Holder’s intervention a surprise to you?

I don’t know anything of the interventions by Eric Holder – as I know he is still the Boss including the BOP! So what kind of the intervention your are talking about, this IS HIS PERSONAL DEPARTMENT!!!

Charles Taylor escaped from a US prison in 1985 and some analysts believe the CIA helped with the prison break [EPA

Would you plead guilty if you were guaranteed to be extradited to Russia to serve out your sentence?

That’s a 64kUSD question, I will need legal advice from my team.

Viktor, Richard Chichakli’s name has appeared on a second DEA indictment issued in November 2010 along with your name. Do you care to comment about either your personal and / or business relationship with Richard?

Richard is my friend, and I will not comment or speculate about him – his life is just another example of the reality of this very country.

Their have been many investigative journalists associating DEA sting operation ‘Relentless’ that ended in your initial arrest in Bangkok, Thailand to either your knowledge of or involvement in 9/11. Some like investigative journalist Wayne Madsen said, “Bout was arrested because he knew too much about 9/11 and the intelligence agencies wanted you off the streets.” Others have said that you were arrested to be indirectly blamed for 9/11. Do you care to share your thoughts on these allegations?

Well that’s a nice idea for Hollywood. As all that happened on 9/11 itself. I have to intention to comment on there fantasies and speculations on the rumors.

How is the appeal process going?

Best is to check with Mr. Albert Dayan, I am looking to see him, I Don’t know what is going on for the last one month.

Do your lawyer’s and legal staff have direct access and communication to you? Or has it been very difficult due to your distant geographical location?

That’s another problem, I am in contact with Dayan’s office via corrlink e-mail, but I was denied a possibility to make an unmonitored legal call to him, for which I have to have 2 week deadline in the Court and I have to provide a docket number then maybe I will have chance to call him!!!

Has any of your legal staff been able to see you in person since your transfer to Marion?

Not yet. I know Mr. Dayan was in Moscow and looking to see him soon.

Viktor, I would like to take this time to say thank you for your interview.

Thank you and best wishes to readers of your site !!!

Contact Information:

Twitter: Dobroyeutro

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Additional articles, radio and television interviews about Viktor Bout:

Viktor Bout on the Move: Bout’s Latest Prison Stop in Oklahoma City

Viktor Bout’s Teenage Daughter Pours Her Heart Out To The Judge

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Judge Orders Viktor Bout out of Solitary Confinement

Prison Warden to Judge: Viktor Bout Might Plot Prison Break

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges

Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

More DEA Spies and Lies: Opening Statements in the Viktor Bout Trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story

Face to Face with Viktor Bout: Court Room Conversations

Viktor Bout on the Move: Bout’s Latest Prison Stop in Oklahoma City

According to The Voice of Russia’s article by reporter, Vasily Sushko, Viktor Bout’s exact whereabouts are completely unknown to his attorneys and legal staff. In this at The Voice of Russia report titled,  Bout allegedly transferred to medium-security prison in Illinois, Bout is supposed to be at Marion, Illinois or at least in transfer. According to Andrew Garkusha — a member of Bout’s legal team — Bout is no longer in the state of New York. Garkusha spoke to Bout on Tuesday night approximately at 8pm and went to MDC prison in Brooklyn [the exact location where I visited Viktor twice] on Wednesday at approximately 11am and was told, “He [Viktor Bout] is no longer in this facility or state.” According to Garkusha, Bout said he was expecting his visit the next day during their phone conversation. Garkusha also said that he believes Bout was not on the weekly flight — dubbed Con Air — that leaves every Tuesday to transfer Federal inmates across the country.

Viktor Bout behind bars in a Thai prison.

What is unusual to me is that according to BOP’s website — under the prison locater section — Bout is in the OKLAHOMA CITY FTC prison. Whether this is his final destination or simply a stop-over in the transfer process is still uncertain. As far as I know, Bout’s legal team still does not know about stopover in Oklahoma City.

I just received an email from attorney Barry Bachrach, concerning Bout’s stopover in Oklahoma City. Mr. Bachrach has explained that this stop over in Oklahoma City is quite typical. According to attorney Bachrach:

“Oklahoma is where a transfer station is which is a stop prisoners typically make when they are being transferred from one prison to another. In my experience, It is virtually impossible to get contact him while in Oklahoma. His stay there is unpredictable, whereby he can stay there a short time or anytime up to a month or more. Unfortunately it is not unusual for a prisoner to be transferred without family or attorney knowing. It has happened to several people I have represented.

Nonetheless, Bout’s ordeals with the BOP have not been easy. Bout was initially held in Manhattan in the Special Housing Unit also known as the ‘SHU’ where he was in solitary confinement for just under two years. Finally at the bequest of Bout’s attorney, Albert Dayan, the presiding judge of the Bout trial, Shira A. Scheindlin ordered Bout moved into general population. I write about it in detail in my piece in February titled, Judge Orders Viktor Bout out of Solitary Confinement. Before it was recently announced on June 1st by The Voice of Russia that  Viktor Bout to be transfered to a medium-security prison in Marion, Illinois, the BOP tried to send Bout to a super-maximum security facility. The Bureau of Prison’s originally announced on May 11th that Bout would be sent to the ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’ in Florence, Colorado. According to a Ria Novosti article titled,  Russian Arms Dealer Bout Faces ‘Supermax’ Prison:

The Colorado prison, known as a Supermax, is the most secure in the U.S., and holds Ramsi Yousef, convicted for bombing the World Trade Center in 1993. Most prisoners in the facility are in solitary confinement.

A sketch of Viktor Bout and judge Scheindlin whom presided his trial in NY.

Then on May 24th as stated in my article, The DEA’s Conduit to Viktor Bout Gets a Slap on the Wrist: Andrew Smulian Sentenced to Five Years, I was the first entity to report that Viktor Bout would NOT be transferred to Supermax in Colorado:

I was the first to publicly break the story of Viktor Bout’s imminent transfer to Florence Colorado’s Super Maximum security prison (dubbed Supermax) to be canceled. A reliable source whom wished to remain anonymous informed me of the news last week. Approximately an hour after I tweeted the breaking news [Timeline], The Voice of Russia was the first to publish an article after my announcement.

There have been an array of rumors floating around concerning Bout and some sort of spy / prisoner swap. What has become apparent since Eric Holder’s sudden and by many unexpected announcement — Holder also recently visited Russia amid high level discussions [U.S. Attorney General Holder Meets with Russian Legal Officials] – to halt Bout’s transfer to Supermax is that this case is very complex. In the realm of politics, it is most certainly chess and not checkers. Attorney General Eric Holder has also publicly stated that he has agreed to the possibility of letting Viktor Bout being transfered to Russia to serve out his term there as opposed to in America. [U.S. Attorney General to Study Bout Transfer Possibilities]

The latest rumors of a prisoner swap for Bout have been dismissed as early as today by Russia. [No Spy Swap for Bout – Security Service] Also rampant in the rumor mill are ties between Bout and newly elected Russian President Vladimir Putin via the intermediary of Igor Sechin. Also resurfacing are Bout’s ties to the GRU formerly the KGB. Viktor Bout has dismissed these rumors on several occassions including to me personally. Ironically, support for Viktor Bout has been substantially bolstered in recent months since President Putin’s new tenor.

The extraordinary case of Viktor Bout continues to surprise us with its twists and turns. Perhaps the future is already mapped out by those in power but for the rest of us — stay tuned!

Additional articles, radio and television interviews about Viktor Bout:

The DEA’s Conduit to Viktor Bout Gets a Slap on the Wrist: Andrew Smulian Sentenced to Five Years

Was Viktor Bout’s sentence just?

Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years

Viktor Bout’s Teenage Daughter Pours Her Heart Out To The Judge

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Judge Orders Viktor Bout out of Solitary Confinement

Prison Warden to Judge: Viktor Bout Might Plot Prison Break

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges

Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

More DEA Spies and Lies: Opening Statements in the Viktor Bout Trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story

Face to Face with Viktor Bout: Court Room Conversations

The DEA’s Conduit to Viktor Bout Gets a Slap on the Wrist: Andrew Smulian Sentenced to Five Years

I was the first to publicly break the story of Viktor Bout’s imminent transfer to Florence Colorado’s Super Maximum security prison (dubbed Supermax) to be canceled. A reliable source whom wished to remain anonymous informed me of the news last week. Approximately an hour after I tweeted the breaking news [Timeline], The Voice of Russia was the first to publish an article after my announcement.

Viktor Bout behind bars in a Thai prison.

Smulian Gets a Slap on the Wrist

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin — whom also presided over the Viktor Bout trial and sentenced him to 25 years — sentenced Andrew Smulian to 5 years. Since he served approximately 50 months already, Smulian will be able to deduct that time from his 60 month sentence and will be a free man in about 10 months. This decision was by no means surprising to me, in fact I expected Smulian to get time served thus allowing him to walk out of prison a free man yesterday. Smulian’s lawyers and the prosecution were also hoping for this outcome. As stated by a New York Times article, titled, Conduit to Arms Sting, a Star Witness Apologizes for His Crimes:

On Wednesday, Mr. Smulian’s lawyer, Mary E. Mulligan, who had asked for time served for her client, called Mr. Smulian “deeply remorseful and humble,” and cited what she called his “viable personal transformation” while assisting the government during his four years in custody.

Smulian’s lawyer also cited his ill health and the fact that he admitted his alleged crimes to the judge.

Smulian’s lawyer, Mary E. Mulligan, has asked that her client be sentenced to “time served,” citing his cooperation, his health and his acceptance of responsibility.

By law the Judge was to impose on Andrew Smulian the minimum sentence of 25 years. At age 71 and currently suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, this would have most certainly meant a life sentence for him. However, his cooperation with the DEA and prosecutors and most notably his role in helping nab Viktor Bout was his saving grace to a drastically reduced sentence.

Viktor Bout Escapes A Life Sentence

Andrew Smulian, right, with Viktor Bout in Red Square in Moscow, Russia January 2008.

This excerpt from the NY Times piece states why the Judge sentenced Smulian to only five years as opposed to the legal minimum sentence of 25 years.

There was no evidence, she [Judge Scheindlin] added, that had Mr. Smulian not been approached in the sting, he would ever “have been involved with terrorism.”

Here is a excerpt from my article titled, Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years:

The DEA sting operation dubbed ‘Relentless’ ironically may have been both Viktor Bout’s demise as well as sparing him a life behind bars in a U.S. Federal penitentiary. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said 25 years was sufficient and appropriate because there was no evidence the 45-year-old Bout would have been charged with seeking to harm Americans if not approached by informants posing as Colombian rebels.

“But for the approach made through this determined sting operation, there is no reason to believe Bout would ever have committed the charged crimes,” Scheindlin said.

It was blatantly obvious to most if not all whom actually sat through the entire trial, that if not for DEA operation ‘Relentless’, there would be no conspiracy charges against Viktor Bout. One can even insinuate from the judges behavior, demeanor, attitude and most notably by her rulings and decisions, that she felt the same.

The DEA first had to create the jurisdiction to try and convict Bout of conspiracy. To do this, they had to get Bout into The United States and into New York’s Southern District dubbed the DEA’s playground before the deadline of 20 November 2010. There has never been a terrorism case that has been lost by the prosecutor’s in New York’s Southern District. 20 November 2010 was the date that Bout’s extradition in the Royal Thai court would have legally expired. Since Viktor Bout had and still has an appeal pending in the Royal Thai court, he was removed from prison without any paperwork or legal transfers being filed. Neither his lawyer at the time nor his wife Alla had been notified when the DEA extracted him from the Thai prison to a chartered jet on 16 November 2010. Alla Bout only found out when she arrived at the Thai prison (her daily routine) to bring Viktor his vegetarian home-cooked lunch.

Alla Bout after her husbands extradition.

I wrote about it in January 2011 in Imaginary Crimes but here is an article from 26 March 2012, titled, There is nobody to represent Viktor Bout in Thailand. Here are a few excerpts:

[Lak Nitivat] Vichan (Bout’s Thai lawyer whom has died this past January) contributed to the Thai Appeals Court’s decision in 2011 to reconsider Bout’s extradition case. The same court held for Bout’s extradition after lower courts twice declined U.S. requests.

The court decided to review the case on the grounds that, first, new facts have been uncovered, according to the defense, and, second, Bout’s extradition was illegal as he was still under the Thai court’s jurisdiction. Under Thai law, the extradition order was not sufficient to extradite Bout as the court also needed to issue a permit for Bout’s transfer from prison.

In my article titled, Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story, I talk explicitly and extensively about the manufactured evidence and jurisdiction in this case.

Conduit to Viktor Bout

Andrew Smulian was born in Britain in 1941, he was raised in South Africa and served in its air force. Smulian a former South African pilot who also holds British citizenship eventually entered the world of intrigue and espionage. According to the New York Times in 1966, Smulian became a paid South African intelligence asset, using his air cargo company to spy on the military operations of nearby countries that opposed the apartheid regime.

Like in his testimony, Smulian often contradicted himself. Although by his own admission he was working for and supported South Africa’s apartheid regime, he latter denounced the ideology.

In a letter to the judge, Ms. Mulligan also said that although Mr. Smulian had worked for the South African government during apartheid, he “disavows the ideology of apartheid.”

It also came out in court during the testimony that Smulian was contacted by DEA informant Mike Snow whom was also a South African. Prior to contacting Smulian, Mike Snow was approached by the DEA and was asked to help them nab Viktor Bout. Snow agreed to cooperate and contacted Smulian.

Smulian first met Bout in the 1990’s and had assisted him in setting up air transportation hubs in various parts of Africa. The two had not met face-face for approximately ten years prior to their reunion in Moscow in early 2008. For the voluminous amount of evidence presented by the prosecutor’s during the trial especially all the taped phones conversations, during Smulian’s Moscow meetings, there were none. Just the word of Andrew Smulian of what was said in private between Viktor Bout and himself. There is a lot of controversy surrounding Smulian’s testimony, his motives and especially exactly when he was turned by the DEA and flipped on Viktor Bout.

Another excerpt from the previously mentioned NY Times article, the judge said:

“He was simply a financially vulnerable, out-of-work” air transporter who had known Mr. Bout, the judge said in court, and he had been used as a conduit for the government to catch the man it really wanted.

The Alleged Co-conspirator

Viktor Bout after his extradition from Thailand is shown arriving at Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, New York, Nov. 16, 2010. Photo by U.S. Department of Justice via Getty Images

Andrew Smulian was by far the key witness in the Viktor Bout trial and it is justifiable to say that he was the only witness that really mattered. According to a Wall Street Journal article titled, Prosecutors: Smulian Testimony ‘Crucial’ In Viktor Bout Conviction:

The testimony and assistance of a dual British-South African citizen was “crucial” in securing the conviction of notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, prosecutors said in a court filing late Monday. Smulian’s lawyer, Mary E. Mulligan stated in the same article, “It was Mr. Smulian’s cooperation in the Bout prosecution that brought this to bear.”

The NY Times piece said this:

A prosecutor, Anjan Sahni, said Mr. Smulian’s cooperation “was indeed critical” in helping to refute Mr. Bout’s defense.

The question of motive was apparent. Smulian was broke and needed money. Dayan had shaken up Smulian quite a few times during his cross-examination. According to Dayan he was a liar. The following excerpts are from the NY Times article:

Mr. Bout’s defense lawyer, Albert Y. Dayan, in his summation at his client’s trial, called Mr. Smulian a liar who had become “intoxicated” with an arms deal that he saw as “his retirement plan.”

But in more recent years, Mr. Smulian’s business failed, and he became essentially a nomad, moving from one African country to another, living on the edge of society.

The judge also stated about Smulian:

“He was simply a financially vulnerable, out-of-work” air transporter who had known Mr. Bout, the judge said in court …”

The most shocking and telling testimony in my opinion is that Andrew Smulian admitted during testimony, on-record, to purchasing a one-way ticket to New York before he arrived or before Viktor Bout arrived in Bangkok, Thailand. The judge explained during the verdict that a conspiracy with a DEA agent and / or a DEA informant is by law not a conspiracy. Therefore, without the testimony of Andrew Smulian — there basically ain’t no case! Also, if the jury could have been convinced or if it was proven beyond a reasonable that Smulian turned on Viktor Bout before the Thailand meeting then case closed. That would deem Smulian a DEA informant and thus no conspiracy charge against Viktor Bout.

However, the real conspiracy was inside the court room and it was against Viktor Bout. You had highly paid DEA agents, DEA informants paid millions plus awaiting potential bonus’, all testifying against Bout. Mike Snow was paid, DEA informants Carlos and Ricardo were paid handsomely and Smulian was given his early freedom.

A sketch of Viktor Bout and judge Scheindlin.

If you ignore that fact that Smulian had a one-way ticket purchased to New York prior to the arrest of Bout in Thailand, what about his intelligence background? Could he live in the same hotel room as a DEA informant, be constantly wire-tapped, given a tapped phone to use when he phone Bout and have no idea? To me it is unfathomable to imagine.

It is important to note as well, that Smulian met with the prosecutors approximately  fifty times in preparation for his testimony. As well as the fact that no part of his crucial testimony during his Moscow meetings with Viktor Bout can be verified. It is solely his word which if you read the entire transcripts of his testimony — simply does not hold water.

Lastly, it was proven in court testimony that the DEA informants were paid well, the DEA operation dubbed ‘Relentless’ spanned 3 continents and cost tax payers an estimated $500 million to pursue and catch Viktor Bout. It is also on court record that Smulian was old, broke and in ill-health when approached by DEA informant Mike Snow. For me, it is much more realistic and believable after sitting through the entire three week trial that Smulian flipped on Bout for money than to believe the nonsensical statements that don’t add up.

During the trial not once during Smulian’s appearances in the court room did he look at Viktor Bout directly over even in his vicinity. Smulian was also offered protection by the U.S. prosecutors. Smulian was apparently afraid of repercussions of his testimony, he will more than likely be offered entry into the witness protection program.

Mr. Smulian’s plea agreement states that if deemed necessary, prosecutors would takes steps to protect him and his family after his release from prison, including possibly applying for his entry into the witness protection program.

What is more intriguing than the anti-climatic sentencing of Andrew Smulian is that of the continuing curious case of Viktor Bout. There are apparently high level discussions between Washington D.C. and the Kremlin that resembles a champion chess tournament. Viktor Bout said in an exclusive interview by The Voice of Russia’s, Vasili V Sushko, via phone from prison in Brooklyn, that he will be back in Russia soon. That was approximately one month before President Putin was sworn in as President.

This article came out a few hours ago Bout Defense Prepares Extradition Request and Appeals. Apparently the only obstacle that may prevent Viktor Bout from possibly returning to his home in Russia to complete his prison sentence is a formal request to the Russian Ministry of Justice. According to Bout’s defense attorney Albert Y. Dayan, those legal procedures are currently taken place. This case has been anything but straight-forward or dull — stayed tuned for the unpredictable and intriguing case of Viktor Bout.

Here is an excerpt from the above mentioned article:

Viktor Bout, has started work on an appeal to Russian Ministry of Justice requesting his extradition from the U.S. as well as appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Bout’s lawyer Albert Dayan said.

Additional articles, radio and television interviews about Viktor Bout:

Was Viktor Bout’s sentence just?

Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years

Viktor Bout’s Teenage Daughter Pours Her Heart Out To The Judge

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness in the Never Ending Viktor Bout Saga

The Half-Truths and Missing Facts of Disarming Viktor Bout: The Chichakli – Schmidle Files

Exclusive: Richard Chichakli Speaks About the Viktor Bout Trial

Judge Orders Viktor Bout out of Solitary Confinement

Prison Warden to Judge: Viktor Bout Might Plot Prison Break

Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

Viktor Bout Convicted Over Terrorism Charges

Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Viktor Bout convicted in ‘arms smuggling’ case, may get life

Case closed? Final arguments heard in ‘Merchant of Death’ trial

More DEA Spies and Lies: Opening Statements in the Viktor Bout Trial

Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story

Face to Face with Viktor Bout: Court Room Conversations