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11 August 2009

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

BANGKOK — A Thai court Tuesday dismissed a case against Russian national Viktor Bout, an alleged gun-runner dubbed the 'Merchant of Death,' allowing the prosecution 72 hours to appeal the verdict. 'If the prosecution doesn't appeal within 72 hours, then Viktor Bout is free,' judge Kittakorn Phattanasiri said. Bout was arrested at a Bangkok hotel in March 2008 in a joint US-Thai sting operation that caught the Russian negotiating a deal to sell arms to the... (

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