Thailand: High profile arms dealer Viktor Bout extradited to US

Alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout has been extradited from Thailand to face trial in the US. Bout was arrested in 2008 for trying to sell arms to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. He has been accused of supplying weapons that have fuelled conflicts in Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Jeff Abramson of the Arms Control Association said the arrest is cause for celebration, but stressed that “Until all countries raise their standards and find ways to enforce them, it will remain easy for arms dealers to operate not only in the grey zone between what is legal and illegal, but also in the truly black market”. More