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Reputed Russian arms merchant could face US courts

• AP
Oh, the stories this Russian could tell!

If Viktor Bout starts talking to U.S. prosecutors, the man accused of supplying the weapons for civil wars on three continents could raise the roof in both Moscow and Washington.

A tug-of-war between the two powers has played out largely in public over Bout, dubbed "the Merchant of Death" in 2000 by a minister in Britain's Foreign Office. On Friday, an appeals court in Bangkok ordered his extradition within three months to the United States, where he faces criminal charges that could put him in prison for life.

 

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