Bout Time for Extradition

bout092210.jpg interviews Robert Amsterdam on the repeated delays the U.S. administration has faced in getting Thailand to extradite reputed arms lord and friend-of-the-siloviki Viktor Bout.  Don’t anybody hold their breath.

But the celebration was premature, says Robert Amsterdam, an attorney deeply involved in both Russian and Thai politics. The extradition, he says, simply “isn’t going to happen.”

Bout is accused by the Department of Justice of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a terrorist organization, conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to kill U.S. officers or employees and conspiring to acquire and use an anti-aircraft missiles, as well as other charges. He’ll have his day in an American court — if the U.S. finally succeeds in getting him there. 

But Amsterdam says two elements virtually guarantee that the two-year battle to bring Bout to America will fail.

Full article here.