Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Russian Arms Trafficker Denied Bail

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A Thai court denied bail Tuesday for a purported Russian arms dealer wanted by the United States, saying it feared the suspect might try to flee the country, his lawyer said.

Viktor Bout, who has been called "The Merchant of Death," was arrested in Thailand last week at a Bangkok luxury hotel in a U.S.-led sting operation. He was charged with conspiracy for allegedly trying to smuggle missiles and rocket launchers to a rebel group in Colombia that is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.

Bout, 41, is being held in a Thai prison while authorities investigate whether he used the country as a base to negotiate the deal with terrorists. The Russian denies any wrongdoing.

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