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19 Mar, 2008 23:59

‘Merchant of death’ in new bail plea

A court in Thailand is considering another bail application by suspected Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout. His first attempt to get released from police custody was denied 10 days ago.

On Wednesday the court extended the time Bout could be held without charge by 12 days.

Dubbed the 'merchant of death’, Bout was arrested in Bangkok on March 6, at the request of U.S. authorities.

The 41-year-old is accused of illegally selling arms to groups in Latin America and Africa.

Bout denies trading weapons.