reply to post by babybunnies
Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you want to look at it, the Thai prime minister is not the Judge who recently denied Bout's extradition
just a few weeks ago.
The Prime Minister's 'comments' aren't binding on the court.
It really just signifies a softening on the Government's stance towards our's here in America, where like the Swiss in the recent failed attempt to
extradite Roman Polanski that famous film director back to California on charges that date back to the 1970's a prima facia case was not established
by our government as is required by the other nation's laws.
In other words we kind of take the more arrogant approach of, we want him, give him to us, or there will be a price to pay if you don't.
Keep in mind, that even the Taliban when they were the Afghani Government said, we will extradite Bin Laden to you, if you can establish some proof
that he carried out the 9-11 attacks. Bush in typical American style said no, we don't have too.
So some behind the scenes political pressure or incentives have now made the Thai Prime Minister change his own stance, but it isn't the Prime
Minister who will be ruling on the request. How much he can influence that actual Thai Judge who gets to decide is hard to say.
The Bangkoc prison is one of the worst places in the world to do time, the Turkish Prison from Midnight Express is a little nicer and more fun!
So Bout is probably more worried about getting whisked away to one of our secret prisons and being charged as a terrorist, than going to a Federal
Penitentiary, which would be a much nicer place to do time.
While we have likely made some nice incentive to get the Thai Prime Minister to change his public stance, that doesn't mean that the Russians aren't
going to make some nicer incentive to get him to reverse it again.
The Thais are enterprising, they will give Bout to the highest bidder.
Proto says, grab a snickers bar, this one is a long way from being over!
edit on 16/11/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler because: spelling