06 Oct '11, 6pm

Accused global arms dealer goes on trial Tuesday in #NYC- Channel NewsAsia: #viktorbout

Accused global arms dealer goes on trial Tuesday in #NYC- Channel NewsAsia: #viktorbout

NEW YORK: Viktor Bout, a Russian ex-army officer alleged to have overseen the world's biggest private arms dealing network, goes on trial next week in New York. The trial October 11 in Manhattan federal court of the man US officials have dubbed "the merchant of death" brings to a head an extraordinary saga of furtive flights by ex-Soviet cargo planes, vicious African wars, and finally a sting operation by US agents in 2008 to capture Bout in a Bangkok hotel. Bout is accused on the relatively narrow, if still spectacular charges that he attempted to sell undercover US agents an arsenal of infantry weapons and surface-to-air missiles for use by Colombia's FARC guerrillas against US anti-narcotics personnel. Bout has pleaded not guilty and although his New York legal team concedes that he did run a fleet of cargo planes, he never sold or brokered so much as a single bullet. H...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/115...

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