Following up on Aung San Suu Kyi and Viktor Bout

Not that the two are related, obviously. But given my absence last week, a couple of quick follow-ups: First, I mentioned how to track the Myanmar elections online, so I wanted to weigh in again on a related topic: the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. Here’s a NYT story about Saturday’s events, and here’s […]

More on Viktor Bout’s delayed extradition

A quick update to my earlier post. The NYT/IHT has this story: Suspected Arms Dealer Seems Closer to Extradition This bit caught my eye: Mr. Bout engaged in a particularly heated exchange with the presiding judge over his demand for a Russian interpreter, a request denied by the court. Mr. Bout, a graduate of a […]

Viktor Bout’s extradition to the U.S. delayed — again

The extradition of alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout — who has been imprisoned here in Thailand since 2008 — has been delayed again. AP has the story: Viktor Bout extradition stalled by Thai ruling: A Thai court has rejected a request to drop a second set of charges against alleged Russian arms smuggler Viktor […]

Bangkok Post: Bout says MP asked how to take down Thaksin plane

Today’s Bangkok Post: Bout says MP asked how to take down Thaksin plane: Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout has confirmed that Sirichoke Sopha, a close aide to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, met him to make inquiries into how ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s plane could be brought down. He also alleged that the MP made inquiries […]

AP: “Thais to rule on suspected arms dealer extradition”

An AP story from today: “Thais to rule on suspected arms dealer extradition“: The suspected Russian arms dealer known as “The Merchant of Death” is tired of prison life but optimistic a Thai appeals court will rule in his favor Friday and refuse to extradite him to the United States, his lawyer said.