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Russian Arms Suspect Set For NY Court Appearance

Viktor Bout, center.

Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, center, was flown from bangkok to NYC on Nov. 16, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — A former Soviet military officer brought to the United States to face charges that he offered to sell weapons to a terrorist group is set to make his second appearance in a New York court.

Lawyers on Friday were expected to update a federal judge in Manhattan on progress they’ve made to bring Viktor Bout to trial.

Bout was extradited from Thailand two months ago. No trial date has yet been set.

The Russian government has complained that his extradition was unlawful and political. The 43-year-old Bout has pleaded not guilty.

He has been held without bail. Bout has been dubbed the “Merchant of Death” for allegedly selling an arsenal of weapons to small countries around the world.

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