Accused arms dealer Viktor Bout extradition stalled but probably not for long
October 4, 2010
(ChattaBox World News) The requests for dropping charges regarding fraud and money laundering against Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout were denied by a Thai court, further stalling his extradition to the United States.
Viktor Bout’s extradition for allegedly selling arms to a terrorist group and conspiring to kill American citizens, was originally set for August, but because new charges of money laundering and wire fraud were tacked on, it caused legal complications. Thai prosecutors, at the request of the United States authorities, appear to be cooperating and are seeking to close the second case to speed Bout’s extradition. According to the NY Times, the two-judge panel, said they would not allow witnesses to be called, a sign that might result in a swift conclusion.
Russia and the United States have had numerous conflicts regarding his fate, when he was arrested back in 2008 in an operation that involved American and Thai troops.
After more than fifteen years of allegedly selling weapons to Islamic and African outlaws, Viktor Bout was finally arrested at a hotel in Bangkok by a group of American agents, who were working undercover as Colombian Farc rebels.
Viktor Bout has pleaded as not guilty in court when he was faced with the charges of conspiracy in regards to selling weapons to various rebels in Colombia.
If found guilty, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.