The BBC reports that the “Lord of War’s” extradition hearing in Bangkok’s Criminal Court has begun.
Some interesting details have surfaced. Apparently he was attempting to sell US agents, posing as members of FARC, 700 surface to air missiles and aircraft outfitted with missiles! That is some pretty heavy stuff. Selling AKs by the ton is one thing, surface to air missiles is another story!
The Russian parliament supports Bout and has inferred that there exists a US led conspiracy to damage Russia’s reputation.
The State Duma – the lower house of Russia’s parliament – on Friday adopted a statement in support of Mr Bout, Itar-Tass reports.
“Political motives, attempts to link this issue with the fight against international terrorism and thus damage the interests and reputation of Russia, are present in Bout’s case”, claimed the parliamentarians in the statement.
“It is necessary to intensity efforts aimed at securing the rights of Russian citizen Viktor Bout, prevention of his illegal prosecution and return to his home country, as well as at curbing attempts to use this case against Russia,” the lawmakers said, according to Itar-Tass.
I can’t wait to hear to details that come out of a US trial if he is extradited!