Saturday, March 7, 2009

Alleged Russian arms dealer on trial in Thailand

    BANGKOK, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout Friday appeared at Thailand's Criminal Court to fight extradition to the United States, according to the Criminal Court's Public Relation Department.

    Bout still has had three other hearings, which are scheduled on March 9, 17 and 18, and after that it will depend on the Court's decision on how this case will be processed, said the Court's Public Relation Department.

    Bout has been held at maximum-security jail -- Klong Prem in Nonthaburi province, next to Bangkok, after he was arrested on March 6, 2008.

    The U.S. officials announced he had been indicted in New York on charges of providing material support for a terrorist organization in connection with arms sales to the Colombian FARC rebels.

    In 2005, Bout was called in an Amnesty International report "the most prominent foreign businessman," who involved in arms trafficking to nations including Bulgaria, Slovakia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan that are embargoed by the United Nations.

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