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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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But the Parisian media confused him with his brother and one newspaper gave the headline: ' The merchant of death is dead'.
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.
Viktor Bout, nicknamed The Merchant of Death, insisted on Wednesday that he was a legitimate businessman but prosecutors argued the Russian is guilty of conspiring to kill US nationals.
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.
He also said, "The tobacco industry, as the merchant of death, is certainly the main obstacle.
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.
NOTORIOUS arms dealer Viktor Bout - dubbed the Merchant of Death - has been arrested on an international drugs warrant.
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.
A FORMER KGB major nicknamed the Merchant of Death has been at the centre of the global coltan business.
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.
but Michael Sammon now has a far more chilling nickname - 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.