Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imageThai court keeps arms dealer in custody

By Owen Weldon     Mar 8, 2008 in World
On Saturday the Thai police received court permission to retain custody of reputed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was arrested in a U.S.-led sting operation that lured him from his home in Moscow.
Viktor Bout, a reputed Russian arms dealer, will remain in Thai police custody after Thai police received permission from the court to remand him.
On March 7, Bout was escorted from a hearing at police headquarters by Thai authorities. N ow the U.S. is seeking extradition of Bout but Bout will remain in Thailand. Bout was arrested this past Thursday at a luxury hotel in Bangkok and held on suspicion of engaging with and supporting terrorist groups.
Bout will be detained while an investigation continues and suspects may be held for up to 84 days without being formally charged.
Earlier this week, Thai authorities were tipped of by U.S. officials that Bout was expected to arrive from Moscow on Thursday to complete an arms deal with leftist guerrillas from Colombia but instead it was a sting.
On Friday, Thai and U.S. authorities both said they could file terrorism charges against Bout and a source expressed desire to try him for allegedly fueling African civil wars.
Bout was set up by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Bout believed that he was dealing with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Bout faces a charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Bout's associate, Andrew Smulian, also faces the same charge but as of now he remains at large.
If Bout is convicted, he can face up to 10 years in prison on the potential Thai charge and 15 years in the U.S.
More about Thai, Court, Dealer
Latest News
Top News