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(FYI) AP: No Requests for Bout Arrest

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  • Norbert Strade
    Russia: No Requests for Bout Arrest The Associated Press, Fri 1 Mar 2002 MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has not received any requests for the arrest and extradition of
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 1 6:33 PM
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      Russia: No Requests for Bout Arrest

      The Associated Press, Fri 1 Mar 2002

      MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has not received any requests for the arrest and
      extradition of Victor Bout, a suspected weapons supplier to the al-Qaida
      terrorist network, an official at the Prosecutor General's Office was
      quoted as saying Friday.

      Bout, who on Thursday gave a live interview to a Moscow radio station
      just a few blocks from the Kremlin, is wanted in Belgium and also has
      been named in a United Nations report as a prominent supplier of weapons
      to rebels in Africa. In the interview, he denied he had ever dealt in
      arms or had supplied anything to the Taliban or al-Qaida.

      Belgian officials confirmed Thursday that they had issued an
      international arrest warrant for Bout. They said they forwarded the
      request to Moscow more than two weeks ago and were in contact with
      Russian officials.

      Russian law enforcement officials made no public comment on Bout's
      interview, which came at about the same time as an Interpol spokesman in
      Moscow told the Interfax news agency that Russian law enforcement was
      certain Bout was not in Russia.

      On Friday, an unidentified spokesperson for the Prosecutor General's
      Office said Russia had not received any official requests regarding
      Bout, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. Media reports alone are not
      basis enough for authorities to take action against him, the official
      was quoted as saying.
    • goldfishbooks
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 2 3:21 AM
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        << MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has not received any requests for the arrest and
        extradition of Victor Bout,
        a suspected weapons supplier to the al-Qaida terrorist network, an official
        at the Prosecutor General's Office was quoted as saying Friday. >>

        << Russian law enforcement officials made no public comment on Bout's
        interview, which came at about the same time as an Interpol spokesman in
        Moscow told the Interfax news agency that Russian law enforcement was
        certain Bout was not in Russia. >>


        Next, Victor Bout will disappear, and there would be rumours of him
        committing suicide or being assassinated. A body might be found and
        identified as being his, to confirm the rumours.

        The very much alive and kicking Bout, meanwhile, will be sunbathing
        somewhere in the region of the Bermuda triangle under a new identity, may be
        with a Greek passport in the name of Boutopolos or Boutis.

        Every high-ranking Russian criminal from any ethnic background, at certain
        point of their life, find yet another common point with the rest of the mob,
        apart from speaking Russian, all of them suddenly discover a Greek or
        Cypriot grandmother who died lbefore they were born. Not necessarily the
        same lady, but, if she ever was, her name would be Medusa or Pandora
        Mercantipolos.


        P.I. P--sov, Kremlubianka Independent, on Saturday, 2nd March 2002
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