Sunday, November 13, 2011

Viktor Bout’s case – America’s hidden skeletons

Alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout has been found guilty by a jury court in New York. RT reports on some of the skeletons hidden in the closet of this case.

­The US spent years and reported tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to hunt down one Russian man in a sting operation. Alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout has been found guilty on all four charges brought against him by a federal court in Manhattan, after being snatched up from a third country for months of solitary confinement before a three-week trial.

“One – conspiring to kill US nationals, two – conspiring to kill US officers and employees, three – conspiring to use and acquire anti-air craft missiles, four – conspiring to provide material support to the FARC” – these were the charges listed by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, in November 2010.

The 44-year-old Russian air cargo businessman fascinated Hollywood. Bout seems to have lost his case in the court of US public opinion long before his trial kicked off, with a movie made off of his alleged arms dealing and with the mainstream media having dubbed him “the Merchant of Death.” This has raised concerns of the fairness of his trial.

American agents posing as FARC members – a Columbian group deemed terrorist in the US but not by many other countries and the United Nations – met with and then arrested Bout in Thailand in 2008. After twice being found not guilty by Thai courts, the US reportedly played dirty by arm-twisting Thailand into extraditing Bout to America.

“They are willing to flaunt every international law to get what they want. And that means doing all these illegal things in the case of Viktor Bout – to extradite, or I should say, kidnap him,” said author and investigative journalist Daniel Estulin. more