Viktor Bout : le trafiquant qui a arme le monde (2008)


Once the Thai courts finally ruled in favor of extradition Bout was allegedly whisked away by black-clad Thai commandos, without notifying Russian officials or even Bout's wife Anna, according to Russian officials and Bout's Thai lawyer. There was even a decoy convoy to take him to the airport. Thai police said the 43-year-old was put aboard a plane that departed Bangkok at about 1:30 a.m. EST in the custody of eight U.S. officials. Bout wore a bulletproof vest and ballistic helmet over a blue track suit as he boarded the plane. Read more:
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Viktor Anatolyevich Bout (born 13 January 1967, near Dushanbe, Tajik SSR, Soviet Union) established a number of air cargo companies and is famous for being a suspected arms trafficker. A former Soviet military translator, Bout made a significant amount of money through his many air transport companies shipping cargo mostly in Africa and the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000s. Just as willing to ship cargo for Charles Taylor in Liberia as he was for the United Nations in Sudan and the United States in Iraq, Bout may have facilitated huge arms shipments into various civil wars in Africa with his private air cargo fleets during the 1990s.

While claiming to have done little more than provide logistics, he has been called a "sanctions buster" by former British Foreign Office minister Peter Hain who described Bout as "the principal conduit for planes and supply routes that take arms... from east Europe, principally Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine to Liberia and Angola." In cooperation with US authorities,[3] Royal Thai Police arrested Bout in Bangkok, Thailand in 2008. The US wanted him extradited, and while the first attempt failed, a second try was successful.[8] Bout now faces charges in a US court. He has expressed confidence his trial will lead to his exoneration.

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