Thai court rejects second U.S. extradition request for Bout
BANGKOK, October 5 (RIA Novosti) - A Thai court rejected on Tuesday the second U.S. request for the extradition of alleged Russian arms dealer Victor Bout to the United States on charges of money laundering and wire-fraud.
The decision brings the so-called Merchant of Death one step closer to extradition on an earlier U.S. request.
Bout, 44, was arrested in Thailand in March 2008 at the request of the United States. His extradition to the United States was ordered by the Thai appeals court on August 20, but was not carried out because the United States brought the second set of charges against him in February.
In accordance with Thai law, Bout could not be extradited until the second set of charges were brought to court, however, now that the second request has been rejected, Bout will be prosecuted in accordance with the August 20 court decision.
Bout must be handed over to the U.S. side within three months after the announcement of the sentence. If he is not handed over within three months, he must be released and sent back to Russia.
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