December 3, 2010 by USA Post
Intervention, Wikileaks redacted the name of the person identified as a supporter in the case, perhaps after criticism by groups of human rights as human security could be compromised by the publication of diplomatic cables.
The United States and Russia engaged in a vitriolic war of words on Bout, an arms dealer and alleged a former military officer Soviet Union. Russia denies the U.S. allegations against Bout, who was eventually extradited to the United States on November 16 where he faces t*rror*sm charges. A hearing is due to take place in New York January 10, 2011.
According cables Embassy in Bangkok, the United States was angered by the attempts of Russia to present Bout businessman and legitimate diplomatic interlocutor between Bangkok and Moscow. “The most obvious example [of Russia's attempts to block the extradition of Bout in the U.S.] was the false testimony of [deleted] that Bout was in Thailand as part of government to deal with sub- Sailors from government, “alleged the cable.
Thai Navy, who, with the Thai police, Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs was welcomed by Ambassador John subsequently, sent a letter refuting the alleged false testimony, after Ambassador John asked such a rebuttal of the Thai Defence Minister and Chief of the Navy.
The United States has challenged the Thai courts’ characterization of the FARC as a legitimate political actor, “given that Washington regards the group as a terrorist organization, like the European Union. This categorization has been the focus of the August 2009 refusal to extradite Bout, who led the second of the Bangkok cable is out.
Ambassador John linked to the decision of Thailand Thailand own internal political problems, suggesting that the arrest of FARC “suggests that groups of insurgents in southern Thailand are also political in nature, perhaps outside the scope Thailand enforcement of new laws against t*rror*sm.”
The U.S. Embassy has suggested that the failure to extradite Bout to the United States could have implications for the Thai government’s pursuit of his most famous fugitive. According to one of the cables, the issue was raised with Thailand Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, who participated earlier in the anti-Thaksin “yellowshirt” protests in late 2008, which occupied the Thailand government House and later the international airports in Bangkok. The cable noted that “this decision comes as Thailand is pursuing the extradition of a fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for abuse of power / load related to corruption. The judge’s decision also seems to undermine RTG positions in their efforts to extradite Thaksin’
The U.S. Embassy of France in Bangkok asked the direct intervention of President Barack Obama as frustration grew over the case of Viktor Bout’s extradition, according to two diplomatic cables released Thursday by Wikileaks.
The U.S. ambassador to Thailand Eric John has recommended that President Obama phone Premier Abhisit Vejajjiva about the case, as part of a “concerted effort” which led the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Mission United States to the United Nations and countries such as Belgium, Colombia, Sierra Leone and Liberia into play to raise the bar on the Thai authorities after the decision of August 11, 2009, Lower Court cons Bout’s extradition to the United States.
Cables suggested that the Colombian government be approached to request the extradition of Bout, while the countries named in various UN reports describing allegations that Bout arms trafficking to conflict zones, also in the process.
The United States believed that the Russians have tried to influence the Thai officials, citing “important indications that the Russians have tried to use bribes to influence the outcome of the case” and stating that “there were worrying signs that Bout and Russian partisans were using money and influence in an attempt to block extradition.”
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