An international fugitive linked to a notorious Russian arms dealer will make a bid for bail ahead of any extradition hearing.

Richard Chichakli, 53, who is wanted in the US, made a brief appearance in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today.

He was arrested last week after applying for a position as a Protective Services Officer.

The screening process for the job set off alarm bells.

The US government is in the processes of applying to the Melbourne Magistrates Court to have Chichakli extradited to America.

He is expected to face charges in the US linking him to both convicted arms trafficker, Viktor Bout and the former Liberian dictator, Charles Taylor.

His lawyer informed the court Chichakli will apply for bail next month.

A date for the extradition hearing is yet to be set, but the court heard it has to be held within 60 days of his arrest.

The court was told Chichakli is a disabled US army war veteran and suffers from Gulf War Desert Syndrome and has trouble with his extremities.

Lawyers for the US Government and Chichakli indicated both the bail and extradition applications will deal with complex legal arguments and material will be tendered in court to assist the magistrate handling the case.

He appeared relaxed in the dock and indicated he understood the court proceeding before being remanded in custody.

Chichakli has been in hiding since FBI agents raided his home near Dallas in 2005.

On his arrest by Australian Federal Police, Interpol issued a statement saying Chichakli is wanted for charges of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy to violate economic sanctions.

In a statement the US Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Michele Leonhart, says Chichakli's arrest will make the world a safer place.

"The international law enforcement community has long recognised Richard Chichakli as a key criminal facilitator in Viktor Bout's global weapons trafficking regime and his arrest means the world is safer and more secure," she said.

Viktor Bout is serving 25 years jail for conspiracy to kill Americans, sell anti-aircraft missiles and provide support for a foreign terrorist organisation.

 

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