Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Merchant of Death to stay in Thailand

The Criminal Court on Monday postponed a hearing to extradite a man to the United States, suspected of being one of the word's most wanted arms traffickers.

Viktor Bout's lawyer failed to appear in court, pushing back the hearing to September 22.

The Russian arms dealer, dubbed the "Merchant of Death", was arrested in Bangkok in a joint sting operation by US and Thai authorities in March. Bout is accused of running a multi-national arms smuggling operation which fuelled civil wars in the 1990s in countries like Liberia, Afghanistan and Colombia.

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