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."
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.
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.
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.