Russia summons Thai envoy to protest Bout extradition

20th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

The Russian foreign ministry on Friday summoned Thailand's ambassador to express its "extreme disappointment and bewilderment" at the verdict to extradite alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout to the United States.

The ministry said in a statement that Thai ambassador Chalermpol Thanchitt "was invited" for a meeting with Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin.

The Russian side made clear its "extreme disappointment and bewilderment about the politically motivated verdict of the Thai appeals court", it said.

It noted that the decision contradicted an earlier decision by a lower Thai court in August 2009 that had blocked the extradition "owing to insufficient evidence from the American side".

A Thai appeals court on Friday granted a request by the United States to extradite Bout, dubbed the "Merchant of Death", on terrorism charges.

© 2010 AFP

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