There is nobody to represent Viktor Bout in Thailand

March 30, 2012

RAPSI on March 26, 2012 released the following:

“BANGKOK, March 26 – RAPSI. The Thai court that convened on Monday to reconsider alleged arms trafficker Viktor Bout’s case has suspended the hearing for 60 days to allow the defense time to find a new attorney after lawyer Lak Nitivat Vichan died in January.

The court was expected to hear the witnesses for the defense on Monday in regards to Bout’s extradition from Thailand to the United States in November 2010. However, the hearing was postponed due to Vichan’s death as neither Bout nor his defense attorneys were able to attend.

Vichan, who was involved in Bout’s case since he was arrested in March 2008 and led the defense team for most of the last four years, died at the age of 73 on January 8. Vichan contributed to the Thai Appeals Court’s decision in 2011 to reconsider Bout’s extradition case. The same court held for Bout’s extradition after lower courts twice declined U.S. requests.

The court decided to review the case on the grounds that, first, new facts have been uncovered, according to the defense, and, second, Bout’s extradition was illegal as he was still under the Thai court’s jurisdiction. Under Thai law, the extradition order was not sufficient to extradite Bout as the court also needed to issue a permit for Bout’s transfer from prison.

The 45-year-old former Russian military officer, known as the “Merchant of Death,” was arrested in Thailand in March 2008 in a sting operation led by U.S. agents and extradited to the United States in November 2010 after spending more than two and a half years in Thai prisons.

On November 2, the jury of the Federal District Court of New York unanimously found Bout guilty of conspiring to kill U.S. officials and citizens, acquiring and intending to use anti-aircraft missiles and providing support to terrorists.”

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Viktor Bout’s Family Seeks Justice in Thailand

August 11, 2011

Ria Novosti (Russia) on August 11, 2011 released the following:

“The family of the alleged international arms trafficker Viktor Bout is hoping that the Thai judicial authorities will rule the decision to extradite him to the United States illegal, his wife Alla Bout said on Thursday.

Bout, 44, who was arrested in a U.S. sting operation in Thailand in 2008 and extradited to the U.S. in November 2010, denies all the charges against him. He could face anything from 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

The Thai Criminal Court in Bangkok is currently reviewing Bout’s extradition case.

“We are seeking justice, and we believe it should prevail,” Alla Bout said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.

Bout’s wife said if the court deems the extradition decision illegal, the Bout family could sue the former and current Thai officials who allowed the extradition. The list includes Thai Cabinet members, Justice Ministry officials and the head of the jail where Bout was held.

“In addition, we will have legal grounds to appeal [Bout’s case] in the UN Human Rights Committee or in the European Court of Human Rights,” she said.

Bout is being held in a New York prison while he awaits trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in October on charges including conspiring to supply arms to terrorist groups and conspiring to kill U.S. nationals.

A U.S. judge recently denied a request to drop the arms trafficking case against Bout and his trial will begin as scheduled, on October 11.”

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN List Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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