Viktor Bout escorted by the police
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'Merchant of death' Viktor Bout closer to extradition

A Thai court has dismissed charges of money laundering and fraud against an alleged Russian arms smuggler, removing the last legal obstacle for his extradition to the US.

Viktor Bout has been accused of fuelling civil wars across Africa but he denies the charges. His only hope of avoiding extradition is if the Thai government steps in to prevent it.

Alastair Leithead reports from Bangkok.

  • 05 Oct 2010
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