News / Europe

Alleged Russian Arms Smuggler's Wife Calls US Extradition Illegal

Alla Bout, wife of suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout, reacts during a press conference at Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand, 22 Nov.  2010
Alla Bout, wife of suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout, reacts during a press conference at Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand, 22 Nov. 2010

Multimedia

Audio
Daniel Schearf

The wife of alleged Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout says Thailand acted illegally in extraditing him to the United States and vows to launch a legal battle against Thai authorities.



Bout is alleged to be one of the world's most notorious arms smugglers and is accused of fueling conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, and South America.

He faces charges in a U.S. federal court of conspiring to kill Americans and supporting a terrorist organization, which he denies.

Thai authorities turned him over to U.S. officials after more than two-years of legal battles that raised tensions between Moscow and Washington.

His wife, Alla Bout says his extradition was illegal because there was still a case against him pending in court here.

She says transferring her husband to the United States before the end of legal procedures breaches legal and humanitarian norms. She says by doing this the government of Thailand has once again demonstrated its complete subservience to Washington and willingness to fulfill any order from their American bosses.

Alla Bout says she plans to file a legal case to force the Thai government to bring her husband back to Thailand to release him.

She also seeks a visa to the U.S. where she says she will do all she can to defend her husband.

Russia also calls the extradition illegal and Thailand did it under intense pressure from Washington.

Thai authorities say they complied with Thailand's international legal obligations.

Viktor Bout was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 for allegedly offering to sell weapons of war to American undercover agents posing as members of the FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Washington considers the FARC, an armed rebel group fighting against the Colombian government, a terrorist organization.

Alla Bout says her husband is the victim of a smear campaign by what she calls "unscrupulous United Nations experts", U.S. officials, and the media.

Some regional political analysts say Viktor Bout, an air force pilot during Soviet times, was close to Russian intelligence and may have information Washington wants.

Alla Bout says Russian diplomats told her U.S. officials offered her husband, herself, and their children political asylum in exchange for information on international arms trafficking.

But, she was told her husband refused, saying he was innocent and that he would fight the charges in court.

You May Like

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. More

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

Dropout rate at an all-time high in South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during 3-year civil war More

Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive

Researchers say birds apparently alerted to danger by sounds at frequencies below range of human hearing More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportionali
X
Aru Pande
December 19, 2014 1:45 AM
The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportional

The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid