Merchant Of Death
Despite the outburst and insistence that he was framed, Viktor Bout escaped with the mandatory minimum 25 years in prison in a case that demonstrated the U.S. government’s determination to bring him to justice.
A shadowy Russian arms dealer was convicted Wednesday of seeking to make millions of dollars by selling heavy weaponry to a terror group so it could attack what prosecutors said he told his customers was a common enemy – U.S. forces helping the Colombian government.
The three-week trial of an accused Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death” is wrapping up.
Jury selection got off to a rocky start Tuesday in the arms sale trial of a former Soviet military officer known as the Merchant of Death when reporters were initially kept out of the federal courtroom.
Lawyers on Friday were expected to update a federal judge in Manhattan on progress they’ve made to bring Viktor Bout to trial.