Former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva at World Economic Forum 2009

Bout petitions Thai PM against extradition

The lawyer acting for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout submitted a petition to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday against the extradition of his client to the United States.

Lak Nitiwattanawichan requested better protection for Mr Bout and also that the government abide by the laws pertaining to extradition.

The unfair extradition of Mr Bout could be detrimental to his life and his freedom, he said, and asked to meet Mr Abhisit in person to discuss the matter.

An official at Government House received the petition.

Mr Lak said the meeting of Sirichoke Sopha, a Democrat MP for Songkhla and a close aide of Mr Abhisit, with Mr Bout, would not affect the extradition case.

Read more: Bangkok Post



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