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Moscow ‘uninformed’ of date for Bout’s extradition to U.S.

MOSCOW, August 24 (RIA Novosti) – Thailand has not officially notified Russia on the date Russian businessman Viktor Bout, suspected by Washington of arms trafficking, will be extradited to the United States, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Thai English-language daily The Nation reported earlier on Tuesday Bout will be extradited on Wednesday.

“As of this moment, we have no official information from the Thai side about the date of a possible extradition,” the ministry said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear whether Bangkok is under a legal obligation to inform Moscow.

Former Russian army officer Viktor Bout, 44, was arrested in March 2008 on a request from the United States, which accuses him of illegally trading arms. He has denied the accusations.

RIA Novosti

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