Thai Premier To Have Final Say In Bout's Case

Russia is dissatisfied over a Thai court’s rulings for alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was arrested two and a half years ago at the request of the United States. The Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva made this announcement after talks in Brussels with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Lavrov said the issue had to be settled on a legitimate basis without any pressure from the outside. The United States accuses Bout of illegal arms trade and he will face life in prison if extradited to the US. The Thai prime minister, who is to have the last say on whether to extradite Bout, stated that he will consult his ministers before taking a final decision.