L’express Maurice has published a French translation of CAP ED Kathi Lynn Austin’s recent LSL Radio interview. Austin discusses her 10 August open letter to the PM of Mauritius, in which she asks him to reopen an arms trafficking network inquiry.
Viktor Bout, the poster boy for international arms trafficking, is back in the news. Last week, Bout’s legal defense team submitted an appellate brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It claims Bout was wrongly convicted of five counts to commit conspiracy and terrorism. It asks for his 25-year prison sentence to be overturned, based on a list of complaints he has repeated before.
So what’s the news here?
Ironically, Bout’s appeal helps us better understand specific weaknesses in the U.S. approach for containing the world’s worst arms traffickers – those that intentionally enable terrorists, perpetrators of atrocity and U.N. sanctions-busting.