INTERVIUL LUI ROBERT HORVATH CU VICTOR BOUT
VA SCRIU ACESTE RANDURI DIN JAPONIA UNDE AM INCEPUT FILAMARIILE PENTRU DOCUMENTARUL “FRATII DE ARME” BOUT – BASESCU. Filmarile au inceput mult mai devreme dechat ma asteptam . Bout agreind sa dea un interviu, am plecat cu sotia mea direct spre Bangkok
A ROBERT HORVATH EXCLUSIVE . It was not very difficult to see Mr Bout; according to the rules of the Bangkok Central Prison, anyone who is willing, may have a half-an-hour meeting with a prisoner. It’s only up to the prisoner if he or she is willing to have the appointment. Still, unexpectedly for me, Bout agreed to see me. I was invited to a crowded waiting hall. Every half-an-hour an attendant announces times for the meetings. Viktor Bout was brought into the meeting room .We started the conversation. VICTOR BOUT INTERVIEW ( fragments ) If you are not guilty and did not participate in arms deals, then why the Americans are after you? What happened in Thailand is a result of an old story .I was a translator. I accompanied firm’s representatives on firm’s business. In the late 1991 I decided to leave and to start my own business. I decided to become an air shipping broker. Mostly it was charter flights. ………….We did hundreds flights under a contract …………………….Also did some shipping from Romania to Angola, for the Angolan government, also flew from Bulgaria. How many airplanes did you have? Is nonsense to say that I had 60 airplanes. In good times I had up to 21 aircraft including An-28 and helicopters. What assignments did you have? We had many orders. For instance, we had the lawful government of Afghanistan as our customer – before Taliban We had contracts with the Congolese government, shipped goods from East Europe for them. They had their own Il-76, we did the maintenance and provided the crew. We had orders from Angola, Luanda governments. We actively worked with the Libyans, we provided airplanes to them, repaired some equipment. What orders,you had from the Angolan government? For instance we e did flights from Kurgan to Luanda, , from Bucharest, from Burgos for the Luanda government.
So, you are saying you did nothing unlawful? I was just doing my job. I wasn’t interested what I am shipping and for what. I got orders and processed everything legally. If there are any problems about the items, then why don’t they get those who ordered them and who supplied them? For instance Romarm etc Nobody has any problem with senders and recipients; they are all just pointing at me.
Did you ship weapons? Were those shipments legal? Legal, of course.I am a shipper. I get an order, I get paid. I send a request, get an approval, instruct my crew, the crew comes in, loads the aircraft, gets the shipping papers, clears customs. All these tales about illegal flights are not supported with anything. I am sorry, everyone in the transport business ships weapons if it is not an illegal cargo, if the papers meet all regulations. We had contracts with Russians and Romanians, companies. We did more than 100 flights under a contract with the Angolan government.
Dupa alte cateva intrebari jumatea de ora permisa sa apropiat de sfarsit. Bout mi-aa dat de inteles ca in cazul extradarii va trage pe multi dupa el . El se considera doar un comerciant iar adevaratii ” pesti mari sunt Basescu si ceilalti. Cand i-am spus titlul filmului FRATII DE ARME BASESCU -BOUT acesta a zambit spunand \ ‘Fratii trebue sa ramana impteruna si la bime si la rau ” Robert Horvath http://www.devagallery.com Blog http://devanewyork.blogspot.com/ for NIPON PRESS.