AMERICAS: ‘Merchant Of Death’pleads not guilty in US court

Russian national Viktor Bout whose arms dealing allegedly brought him billions and the nickname “Merchant of Death” pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in a New York federal court in December after being extradited from Thailand to New York. US authorities labeled him as the world’s most notorious arms dealer for using his air cargo […]


Russian national Viktor Bout whose arms dealing allegedly brought him billions and the nickname “Merchant of Death” pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in a New York federal court in December after being extradited from Thailand to New York. US authorities labeled him as the world’s most notorious arms dealer for using his air cargo business to fly weapons across the world. Suspected clients include Liberia’s Charles Taylor and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi; Bout’s life was the subject of a bestselling book and the inspiration of Hollywood movie ‘The Lord of War’. Bout was given a public defender when he said he had no resources in the US for legal counsel.