Competing extradition from the United States and Russia the world’s largest arms dealer in Thailand (Figure)
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BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) According to Singapore, “Lianhe Zaobao,” reported on the 16th, the world’s most notorious arms dealers, Russian membership Butt was arrested in Thailand last March, after scrambling to the extradition of cloth especially the United States and Russia, launched a year-long battle; into a dilemma about the Thai court is expected to rule early as next week.
a “death dealer” title bout (Viktor Bout) in the United States and in cooperation with the Thai authorities arrested. U.S. wants to extradite Bout to New York, where his face to sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons to Colombian leftist rebels of the allegations.
former U.S. President George W. Bush last August, met with Thai Prime Minister, also specifically mentioned that Bout’s extradition matters. Former White House counter-terrorism work in Zarate, deputy national security adviser, said the Bush administration “hopes the Prime Minister understand that this is an important issue for us, because we have enough clear evidence of alleged Bout.”
but Russia also hopes to Bout extradited to Moscow. Several experts said the bout of useful intelligence in Russia, Russia does not want him to America for trial.
when the Thai court hearing last June when the U.S. extradition request, it had expected just a routine procedure, soon concluded. According to “Thai-US extradition treaty,” as long as the authorities confirmed the identity of Bute, confirmed that he committed the offense enough to face trial and the case is not a political show on the line.
case would cause further delay
However, the case was delayed several times. First Bout 71-year-old lawyer sick leave, followed by more uncomfortable witness appeals body, including the Pot’s wife; her complaints of back pain, but still appear in court, distribute press releases for her husband a redress of grievances.
quickly, weeks into months. Americans are beginning to appeal, this is Russia’s tactics to delay trial. Russia also accused each other of trying to bribe officials in Thailand to gain the release of Bute.
United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) before the action director Brown said: “There are many reports, Russia’s attempt with the Thai Government for arms and oil deals in exchange for the release of Bute The Russian people do come to nothing They do not want this man set foot on U.S. soil, they fear he will all shake out. “
Singapore Institute of Southeast Asian visiting professor at the Monte Sano said, on the surface, Russia’s influence in Thailand force is less than the United States; Mattel exchanges reached 175 years, the United States also has long invested heavily in Thailand. However, Thailand does not want to be seen as a puppet of the United States.
Monte Sano said: “The fact is, the U.S. Embassy may exert too much pressure, which may arouse resentment in Thailand, because the United States with arbitrary record in Thailand.”
the trial judge set the case up function is also well aware of the importance of He said he has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand for the next trial when the evidence. He told prosecutors: “My situation difficult. (Thailand) and the bilateral relations between Russia and the United States may be affected. After all, the two countries may not issue entry visas to me.”