Viktor Bout
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Thailand court agrees 'arms dealer' extradition to US

20 August 2010 Last updated at 09:48 BST

A Russian man suspected of selling arms to insurgent groups around the world is to be extradited to the United States, a court in Thailand has ruled.

Viktor Bout, 43, is pleading not guilty on US charges of conspiracy to sell arms to Colombian rebels.

Mr Bout, dubbed the "Merchant of Death", was detained in a joint Thai-US sting operation in March 2008.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead in Bangkok explains.