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.
Syrian-born American Richard Chichakli was arrested in January in Australia and was brought to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring with people including former Soviet air officer Viktor Bout, who's dubbed the 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.
It should be noted that if Vanity Fair is profiling the world's richest arms dealer, the writer does not break the ice by approaching him on the street and asking him how it feels to be known as 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.