Merchant of Death


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Merchant of Death

The sobriquet for Viktor Bout, a former Soviet officer convicted in the US for selling dangerous weaponry to the highest bidder in regions of prolific violence, including Rwanda, Angola and the Congo.
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Struggling to speak, he still managed to send us a few lines on capturing the Merchant of Death.
Acelor, who also received a 15-year sentence, put them in touch with international weapons broker Sarkis Soghanalian, a Turkish-born Lebanese citizen and US resident whose long career supplying arms to ex-dictators like Nicaragua's Anastasio Somoza and Iraq's Saddam Hussein earned him the nickname the Merchant of Death.
So after a long tussle between the Foreign Office and our intelligence agencies, it was agreed that I could name Bout in Parliament and I coined the phrase the Merchant of Death.
A FORMER KGB major nicknamed the Merchant of Death has been at the centre of the global coltan business.
He has been form any years a merchant of death, flying arms in the late 1990s into Sierra Leone, Angola and the Congo.
The 17-stone merchant of death was jailed for 13 years this week for masterminding a heroin deal worth pounds 1.
A SUSPECTED Russian arms dealer dubbed the Merchant of Death is to be extradited from Thailand to the US.
but Michael Sammon now has a far more chilling nickname - the Merchant of Death.
The reputation of the 20- stone grandaddy of the Lib Dems is irreparably damaged over the exposure of his cosy relationship with a merchant of death.
Victor Bout, who has been called the Merchant of Death, has been fighting extradition since his March 2008 arrest accused of agreeing to supply missiles to Colombian rebels.
Former KGB major Viktor Bout - known as the Merchant of Death - is believed to have supplied weapons to the Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked groups.
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