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Thailand rejects extradition of russian arms smuggler.

Viktor Bout Alleged Arms Dealer

Viktor Bout Alleged Arms Dealer

Bangkok.- A Thai court Tuesday rejected a U.S. request to extradite an alleged Russian arms smuggler dubbed the “Merchant of Death,” dealing a setback to American efforts to try him on charges of plotting to supply weapons to Colombian rebels.

Viktor Bout, 42, was arrested in March 2008 at a luxury hotel in Bangkok as part of an elaborate sting in which U.S. agents posed as arms buyers for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which Washington classifies as a terrorist organization. He is being held in a Bangkok prison, but could be set free if no appeal is filed.

Thais reject to extradite russian arms smuggler to FARC in Colombia