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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:16 AM
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'Merchant of death' in court
.... Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout said the United States had no proof linking him to weapons sales to Colombian rebels, as a Thai court adjourned an extradition hearing because his wife was too ill to testify ...

Bout, dubbed the "Merchant of Death" by the media, was arrested in Bangkok in an American sting operation after arriving from Moscow in March last year.

... His lawyers argue that he was illegally detained by Thai and American officials.

According to the United Nations and the US Treasury, Bout has sold or brokered arms that have helped fuel wars in Afghanistan, Angola, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Sudan.
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