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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Presses Thais on Bout Extradition

BANGKOK — A senior U.S. Justice Department official told Thai officials Tuesday that the extradition of suspected arms dealer Viktor Bout is “a matter of great importance to the United States.”

U.S. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden told reporters that he was “disappointed” by the decision of a Thai lower court in August to reject a U.S. extradition request for the Russian and was hopeful that an appeals court would rule to extradite him. No date has been set for the appeal.

Ogden’s visit was the latest in a political tug of war between the United States and Russia, which wants to bring Bout back to Moscow.

(AP)