Viktor Bout leaves Thailand on US jet: police

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Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was flown out of Bangkok Tuesday on a US special jet, a senior police official said after Thailand approved his extradition on terrorism charges.

"Bout already left Thai soil at 1:27 pm (0627 GMT) from Don Mueang airport," Colonel Supisarn Bhakdinarunart, commander of Thailand's Crime Suppression Division, told AFP.

"He left on a US jet escorted by six officials," Supisarn said. "I myself sent him off."

Bout, a 43-year-old former Soviet air force pilot, had been fighting extradition since his March 2008 arrest after a sting operation in Bangkok involving undercover US agents posing as Colombian FARC rebels.

© 2010 AFP

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