Russian denies illegal arms deals

Man nicknamed 'Merchant of Death' tells court in Thailand that he has been framed.

    Bout denied that he funnelled arms to an
    organisation in Colombia [AFP]

    But, who is a former officer Soviet air force officer, asked why the US had not previously sent warrants to Russia calling for his arrest.
     
    "They have framed me because the US does not want relations between Thailand and Russia to develop more," he said.

    Bout, who has been nicknamed "The Merchant of Death" for the scope of his alleged activities, has been held at a maximum-security prison outside the Thai capital since he was caught in the sting operation.

    He is accused of illegally supplying weaponry to the Taliban militia, al-Qaeda and Charles Taylor, a former leader of Liberia who is facing war crimes charges.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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