Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thailand Rejects U.S. Pressure Over 'Merchant of Death'

Russian alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout shows a victory sign at the Criminal Court in Bangkok in August.

Via The Thailand Post.

A senior Thai prosecutor rejected pressure from Washington Thursday over its appeal for the extradition of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, known as the "Merchant of Death".

Bangkok's appeals court is considering an appeal by the Thai government against the criminal court's ruling in August that Bout should not be sent to the United States to stand trial.

A US official said Wednesday that US President Barack Obama on his Asia trip next month will press Thailand to go ahead with the extradition.

Bout's colourful life is said to have inspired the Hollywood film "Lord of Death" and he is accused of peddling weapons around the world, including to Al-Qaeda.

More here.

Image source: The Thailand Post


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