Thai police dropped charges Wednesday against Russian citizen Viktor Bout, who is accused of being one of the world's most prolific black market arms dealers, saying they would proceed with hearings to extradite him to the United States.
Businessman Viktor Bout, accused of running guns to the Taliban and bloody conflicts across Africa, insists that he is innocent and wants to be freed from a Thai prison on bail, his lawyer said Monday.
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra dismissed calls for his resignation Monday, heightening tension after thousands of anti-government activists marched to his office and vowed to rally every day until he steps down.
Until two weeks ago, Smith Thammasaroj was a prophet without honor. As chief of Thailand's meteorological department in 1998, he was accused of scaremongering when he warned that the country's southwestern coast could face a deadly tsunami.