Trial of #ViktorBout Sheds Light on Urgent Need for a Global #Armstreaty
New York: A group of experts have called for stronger global regulations on arms trade as the trial of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is set to open next week in New York.
Mr Bout was arrested on a sting operation in Thailand by under-cover US agents posing as Colombian FARC rebels. He will face charges of conspiring to kill US nationals and providing weapons to a US-designated terrorist organization and faces a maximum sentence of life if convicted.
In a media teleconference ahead of the trial the panel, including arms trafficking expert Kathi Lynn Austin, Scott Stedjan of Oxfam America,Stuart Franklin Platt retired US Navy Rear Admiral and Galen Carey, Vice President for Government Relations for the National Association of Evangelicals, called on the US and the international community to fully back the ongoing negotiations on a future arms trade treaty. There are currently no global agreement on trading weapons and ammunitions.
- You can listen to the whole media teleconference as a Podcast here
- For a short summary of the key points made by the speakers please this release
- For more details on the US Government’s efforts to curtail rogue arms traffickers please read Oxfam’s new report “Beyond Viktor Bout: Why the US needs an ATT”