Russian arms suspect pleads not guilty

Alleged Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, center, escorted by Thai police commandos, arrives at Don muang airport in Bangkok on Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010. Thailand extradited accused Bout to the U.S. on Tuesday to face terrorism charges, siding with Washington in a tug of war with Moscow over whether to send him to stand trial or let him go home. (AP Photo)

November 17, 2010 10:46:17 AM PST
A Russian arms trafficking suspect labeled the "Merchant of Death" has pleaded not guilty in a New York City court, where he's charged with supporting terrorists trying to overthrow the government of Colombia.

Viktor Bout (boot) was ordered held without bail following his appearance Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

At a news conference, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (bah-RAHR'-ah) said Bout's extradition from Thailand is proof that "no one is beyond the reach of the law."

The 43-year-old Bout is accused of fueling some of the deadly Third World conflicts over the last decade with powerful weapons.

He was arrested in Thailand after a sting operation by the U.S.

Drug Enforcement Administration.