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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Jailing Sammon, 49, a week ago at Manchester crown court, Judge Martin Steiger called him a "merchant of death".
Former Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain - who named Bout as the Merchant of Death in the House of Commons - said yesterday: "He was at the centre of the blood diamonds trade from Sierra Leone to Angola and across Africa."
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.
Thailand's criminal court will decide whether there is enough evidence to send Bout, nicknamed the "Merchant of Death" for his alleged role in supplying weapons to some of the world's bloodiest conflicts, to face US terrorism charges.
Of all the arms dealers who have emerged since the end of the Cold War, Victor Bout stands out as today's leading merchant of death. He heads a network that the U.N.
Regina Troupe, executive director of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, says she has heard the stories about Wal-Mart being called "the Merchant of Death" because of reports it has driven many smaller competing stores out of business when it moves in.
His deals earned him the nickname the Merchant of Death and inspired the Nicolas Cage blockbuster Lord of War.
He was quite excited until he realised that he was described as a "merchant of death".
Gandhi's " maut ka saudagar " ( merchant of death) remark attacking Modi ahead of the 2007 elections was exploited to the hilt by the latter to propel an anti- Congress wave in the state.
The "Merchant of Death" raised his fists in victory and quoted a famous Russian battle hymn as told a packed Manhattan courtroom: "I love you all.
A former Sharjah resident dubbed the Merchant of Death was willing to sell "staggering quantities" of weapons and explosives to anti-American rebels to make millions of dollars, a prosecutor told jurors as his trial got under way in the US.
The 43-year-old former Soviet air force officer, dubbed the "Merchant of Death," faces accusations of trafficking arms since the 1990s to dictators and conflict zones in Africa, South America and the Middle East.
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