Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Thailand’s state attorney asked the nation’s criminal court to withdraw new charges against suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, a move that may accelerate plans to extradite him to the U.S.
A Thai court ruled Aug. 20 that Bout can be extradited to the U.S. to face terrorism charges after two years in detention. The extradition was stalled when Thailand’s state attorney filed six additional charges, including money laundering, against Bout. The request to have those charges withdrawn will be heard on Oct. 4, according to documents filed by the state attorney today.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Wechachiwa said on Sunday that the case of alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout whom the United States wants extradited and Moscow wants repatriated was in the courts but he would have to make the final decision
Sep 26, 2010
Security measures have been tightened at a Thai prison amid fears for life of Viktor Bout, a Russian businessman who has been kept there. The news comes from Bout’s wife Alla.
Thailand's prime minister said Thursday he will have the final say in the politically sensitive extradition of alleged Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout to the United States, noting that one side is bound to be disappointed
Asked if he was concerned about the outcome, he replied, "Definitely."
The U.S. has requested the extra charges of money laundering and wire fraud be dropped, and the Bangkok Criminal Court will rule Monday on whether it agrees to do that.
However, under Thai law a defendant has the right to object to charges against him being dropped. That means Bout could object to dropping the charges as a way to stall his extradition, a stance that his lawyer has said he will take.
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BANGKOK — Alleged Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout arrived at a Bangkok court Monday in a bulletproof vest for a crucial hearing that could finally determine if he will be extradited to the United States.
Bout arrived at court Monday with armed commandoes, apparently reflecting new concerns for his safety. He wore a flak jacket for the first time in several court appearances, in addition to his standard ankle shackles. The Russian was also driven to court in his own security van, rather than riding with other prisoners.
Oct 4 (Reuters) - A Thai court ruled on Monday against dropping extra changes against suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, a decision that could complicate efforts by the United States to extradite him
A Thai court has dismissed charges of money laundering and fraud against alleged Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout, removing the last legal obstacle for his extradition to the US.
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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday it looks forward to alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout's "speedy extradition" to the United States from Thailand.
A Thai court earlier dismissed money-laundering and fraud charges against Bout, removing a major obstacle to his extradition to the United States.
"We look forward to having Victor Bout in a prison near us very soon," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
11 October 2010
Accused arms trafficker Viktor Bout filed a last-ditch appeal Friday to try to stall his extradition to the United States, where he faces terrorism charges.
Bout's lawyer, Lak Nittiwattanawichan, said the Bangkok Criminal Court has not said whether it will agree to hear the appeal.
The effort would appear to lack legal standing, since the court's ruling Tuesday that Bout is seeking to appeal said prosecutors, rather than the defense, had the right to appeal.
The court's dismissal Tuesday of additional charges against Bout cleared the way for a previous ruling allowing the extradition to proceed. The earlier decision said the extradition must take place within 90 days, or by Nov. 20.
Bout: None of this is true. The Americans presumably believe that Hollywood film "Lord of War." There has been an outright witch hunt against me. The Americans have destroyed my business and my family. And they have taken away my money.
SPIEGEL: Who do you expect to believe that? UN investigations in Angola have shown that you supplied both factions in the civil war with arms. In Rwanda you allegedly armed rebels and government troops. And you purportedly supplied Liberian dictator Charles Taylor with arms.
Bout: This Africa business has been blown entirely out of proportion and they have made a mountain out of a molehill there.
SPIEGEL: Have you dealt in arms? Yes or no?
Bout: I have transported arms. I transported arms for the Angolan government. I flew arms to Congo-Brazzaville. In the mid-1990s, I flew -- only transported, not sold! -- arms to the Afghan government of Ahmed Shah Massoud and Burhanuddin Rabbani. I also transported French troops, to "Opération Turquoise," for example
Viktor Bout, suspected arms smuggler and dubbed the Merchant of Death, could soon be a free man.
Nov.20 is the deadline for the Russian businessman to be extradited to the US on what Moscow regards as trumped up charges of smuggling. That handover date marks three months since the Americans first submitted a request for his extradition, the Voice of Russia reported.
“We hope that …by virtue of this three month termination clause he will be released. If this does not happen then we would consider it to be unlawful,” Viktor Burobin, one of Bout’s lawyers, told Interfax.
Nov 15, 2010 09:47 Moscow Time
The Thai Prosecutor-General does not rule out that a Russian businessman Victor Bout maybe released from custody on November 19th.
Sirisak Tiyapan points out that the Thai court decision to extradite Bout to the United States expires this coming Friday.
If he is not extradited by November 20, he must be released and sent back to Russia.
Alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout has been extradited to the United States from Thailand, say Thai officials.
He was flown out of Bangkok shortly after the Thai cabinet backed the extradition request after months of legal wrangling.
His wife, Alla Bout, who has been a frequently tearful figure at Mr Bout's court hearings over more than two years of detention since he was arrested, appeared outside the prison in an apparent attempt to see her husband before he left - but she was too late.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
I wonder when he'll arrive to the US.
alleged Russian arms dealer will be landing in New York 9pm EST today
Nov 17, 2010 07:29 Moscow Time
On Tuesday, Russian businessman Viktor Bout was delivered to New York from Thailand. He arrived in the United States aboard an aircraft chartered by the Americans.