Bout faces extradition

THE United States is calling for the extradition of suspected Russian arms dealer and air cargo criminal, Viktor Bout, from a Thai jail.

Bout was arrested in Bangkok last week in a joint police operation led by the US. He was wanted on charges of illegal weapons deals with militant groups, including the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, in the Middle East and African countries.

Bout could receive up to 15 years in jail if extradited and convicted in the US.

UN reports say Bout set up a network of more than 50 cargo aircraft around the world to facilitate his arms shipments.

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